ARTIST STATEMENT










QUOTE FROM JACKSON POLLOCK

"My painting does not come from the easel. I hardly ever stretch my canvas before painting. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor, I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. This is akin to the method of the Indian sand painters of the West... When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about."Jackson Pollock....."

These artworks embrace this attitude.They were made in this manner.They are mixed media on paper and /or unstretched canvas, ranging in size from 3'x 5' to 15' x 5'.The titles and the inspiration of the paintings are taken from several books I have read about topics such as; The Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish feminicidio, Honor killings, Sex Slavery/Trafficking.Before I paint I go through a process which I call,"preparing my subconscious for painting"  in an almost sacred ritual.I was told this body of art looks like a wound and the stitches which sew up a wound, how apropos and that this art series looks like jazz.

My newest art series called Catharsis;born from grief of losing my oldest son to opiate abuse.

This series is dedicated to his memory, James Alexander Harmon; painter, political writer, musician, teacher, filmmaker, brother, son, friend to many, lover to one.He was a traveller, spending the last three years living and teaching and writing in Russia and Eastern Europe.

"What is white? It is the color of mourning because it folds all colors within it.  Mourning is also endless refraction, breaking you up into bits, fragments".  Edmund De Waal