I am an artist working in ceramics, painting, and drawing.
“Ceramics that use glaze in such beautiful ways that they are as much paintings as useable objects.” Ellen Altfest, Artnet 2021
My work in ceramics bridges the deep past and the present moment, using ancient vessel forms as a surface for modern modes of abstract painting. Beginning as forms inspired by a close study of archaic Greek, Levantine, and Israelite pottery traditions, my vessels are treated with a polychrome application of glazes expressing a fleeting moment of vivid, lived experience. A surprising encounter between the deep-time, felt familiarity of ancient forms and the ephemeral jolt of an abstract gesture expressing the lived moment is what I seek to capture in these works. Offering a small, quiet space for contemplation of the radical beauty of the natural world, each collection is based in a specific place and time: Walden Pond on a solitary walk in November; sunrise over the Ojai Valley in spring; the blistering white-blue-green light of Hydra in June; the scarred brick façade of a warehouse along the waterfront in Greenpoint before a late summer storm.
My work in painting and drawing is based in the observation and contemplation of subtle details in the surfaces of objects in the natural world – often discarded, compromised, decomposing or otherwise excluded from the realm of what typically constitutes the beautiful and the good: rusting industrial detritus, burnt trees, the frames of broken windows, dry lichen on a boulder, peeling paint on an abandoned car, unearthed pottery fragments, graffiti-covered bricks. The works evoke the effects of entropy upon the urban and natural world without incorporating direct image making, rather remaining in the realm of pure abstraction while employing non-traditional materials and methods of mark making that challenge the hierarchy of expressive gesture: scraping, scratching, rubbing, peeling, cutting, burning, and other means of accretion and erasure.