Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Gestation, draws from Rilke's notion of the unconscious. As the name suggests, these drawings were inspired by my pregnancy and first year of my daughters life. My work begins from observation of plants. It relies on the rhythmic movement of line as a means to reveal the inner life of things. Through abstraction, my network of lines begin to take form of neurosystems, organs, and organisms.
I choose watercolor, gouache, ink and oil for their ability to yield transparency and opacity. The medium’s viscosities which pool, swirl and drip embrace formlessness. When layered, the paint can be molded, scraped and scratched into their opposites, building up density, texture and form.