TEXT / GOLD LEAF PAINTINGS ON MIRROR, 2017-2018
My recent text based paintings incorporate gold leaf and mirrors. Both language and gold leaf are complicated and fragile. Gold leaf cannot be touched with bare hands; one mistake ruins everything. And, like words, gold leaf commands attention. The mirrors and epoxy resin used in this series make the paintings heavier, literally increasing their physical weight. Conceptually, this reinforces the idea of words as having great weight of meaning. The gold leaf and epoxy have reflective properties, thus reiterating the notion that you are what you say.
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