435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON
The current body of work takes as its subject the idea of water: its light, colour, and movement. I call the series The Floating World not only because of the subject matter, but also as a reference to early modernism when artists of the 19th century were looking at Japanese woodblock prints, which radically altered the course of painting. I started the series by making drawings directly from nature. This ultimately gave way to a more interpretive approach. My technique essentially borrows ideas from printmaking: monoprinting, stenciling, and the collograph. Each day would begin by hand cutting stencils and preparing plates whose positive and negative shapes would be used at random across the painting surface. Sgraffito, or stretching into the wet paint, would add texture and additional visual subtext.