Mirror Paintings: Cuba Series
Selected works available for purchase at DZINE Gallery in San Francisco
This series of paintings on mirrors is based on photographs taken in Cuba. The paintings are not an exact copy of a photograph, but rather an emotional representation of a real place (with the location referenced in the title).
Painting on mirrors is challenging. It forces me to slow down. To create layers. I am constantly applying and removing the paint, waiting for it dry, then repeating this process until the work feels finished. The stopping point is intuitive, and it is easy to ruin the work by overpainting. After mounting the mirror tile on a wood panel, I add a final layer of resin that is deliberately applied imperfectly. I want the epoxy to mimic the paint.
I always leave a part of the mirror visible - sometimes a small portion that is not so obvious, and sometimes the exposed mirror is very obvious; the painting is always in a constant state of change since what is being reflected alters both the mirror and artwork. The exposed mirror reflects the audience - to literally inserts the viewer in the painting. The spectator has an active part in deciding how the work is seen.
The square format of each painting references social media and our familiarity of seeing images this way. Each painting is signed on the back and can be hung in any direction.