'Seeing Red' was an idea that figured prominently during my recent trip to China – not for its common emotional implication, but more in terms of a personal, visual statement. Red is a colour deeply imbued with symbolism in the Chinese culture and although I used it purely intuitively, these paintings express something about my experience of this ancient culture. Figuratively, I was very attracted to the graphic quality and flow of the pictograms and calligraphy. Leafless in early spring, even the branches of the twisted trees in the gardens seemed to be communicating in this exotic language.
Some of the pieces contain a square hole in the center of the work. In the photo montages, the idea began as a way to consider a kind of pervasive, circular continuity in all things. In China, an ancient temple tucked between a Starbucks and a contemporary hotel suggested a portal into another century and a passageway to the 'other'. In the center of the paper pieces I have incorporated small papers distributed in the temples which are burned, the smoke of which would carry prayers to loved ones. I thought of them as small prayers in themselves, carrying my thoughts to another realm.
Although some of the forms and ideas for this show were precipitated by my recent trip to China, the work contains a very strong personal thread which continues to unravel and evolve in places familiar and not so familiar.