Category: 2 – Responsive Paintings

These pieces are specific responses to music, philosophical ideas, or formative experiences that resonate with me. Though sparked by a specific inspiration, the process of responding spontaneously to that inspiration through painting helps me unpack and further understand why that song, idea, or experience is meaningful to me. Sometimes, a painting will begin without specific inspiration but will develop into a responsive exercise where I allow the painting to guide my actions rather than my ego or expectations.

Congregation (2013)

Congregation (2013)

Oil pastel, charcoal on watercolor paper
18 x 24 inches

The third of four pieces that were created quickly within a span of a week in the summer of 2013 for a series I titled “Church of the Zero-Point Field.”

Expanding my experimentation with surrealist automatism, which I used to create my Water Works series, I started each piece by making random charcoal lines and unconsciously connecting them until enclosed areas and shapes emerged for me to color in. While they were completely unplanned, I realized when I finished that each piece represented to me an aspect of something I’m fascinated by: Einstein’s concept of the zero-point field, and the metaphysical interpretation that this quantum energy field is what connects everyone and everything in the universe, past, present, and future.

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Choir (2013)

Choir (2013)

Chalk and charcoal on vintage canvas paper
9 x 12 inches

The second of four pieces that were created quickly within a span of a week in the summer of 2013 for a series I titled “Church of the Zero-Point Field.”

Expanding my experimentation with surrealist automatism, which I used to create my Water Works series, I started each piece by making random charcoal lines and unconsciously connecting them until enclosed areas and shapes emerged for me to color in. While they were completely unplanned, I realized when I finished that each piece represented to me an aspect of something I’m fascinated by: Einstein’s concept of the zero-point field, and the metaphysical interpretation that this quantum energy field is what connects everyone and everything in the universe, past, present, and future.

Altar (2013)

Altar (2013)

Chalk and charcoal on watercolor paper
8 x 14 inches

The first of four pieces that were created quickly within a span of a week in the summer of 2013 for a series I titled “Church of the Zero-Point Field.”

Expanding my experimentation with surrealist automatism, which I used to create my Water Works series, I started each piece by making random charcoal lines and unconsciously connecting them until enclosed areas and shapes emerged for me to color in. While they were completely unplanned, I realized when I finished that each piece represented to me an aspect of something I’m fascinated by: Einstein’s concept of the zero-point field, and the metaphysical interpretation that this quantum energy field is what connects everyone and everything in the universe, past, present, and future.