Artist’s statement, 2004
I have been pursuing visceral, archetypal, macro- and microcosmic themes—particularly pathogens—and how in life what’s attractive or what we feel instinctively/compulsively drawn to is often dangerous but the attraction overrides the threat. Pathogens’ danger and their often-surprising beauty seem to correlate to so much in life that is dangerous but yet so very seductive. The desire for beauty/pleasure so often results undesirably (disease, violence, addiction, death, etc.). Simple, yet complex—cellular or cosmic, it’s all the essence of “life.” I often incorporate these subtexts within seductive pattern and color with the themes to be discovered in time. I prefer my work to be ambiguous so as to be interpreted personally by others, although they may have strong private meanings for me.