BUILDING IN RUINS

Passion
Passion
“Building in Ruins” can be taken both as a noun and as a verb–– that is, as a process of building amidst the wreckage and as a simple ruin itself. My desire was again to evoke the architecture and holy personages of the Italian tradition while remaining fully engaged with our own cultural moment. This might sound quixotic, but my conviction for many years has been that tradition is a living thing––and that the genuinely new art form simultaneously captures elements of the past and re-contextualizes them with a collage of modern or contemporary ones. Hence the “building” aspect. The ruins for me are the shards and fragments we’ve inherited and which we seldom fully comprehend or know exactly how to fit together.
Destroy this Temple
Destroy this Temple
Transfiguration
Transfiguration
Climbing-San-Miniato-(1)
Climbing San Miniato
Homage to Fra Angelico
Homage to Fra Angelico
2001, oil on canvas with gold leaf on wood; 48″ x 60″,
private collection
I Cannot Measure That Which Measures Me
I Cannot Measure That Which Measures Me
2001, oil on canvas; 48″ x 36″,
available
Meditation
Meditation
2001, oil on linen with gold leaf on wood; 65″ x 40″,
private collection
Pieta
Pieta
2001, oil linen; 65″ x 48″,
private collection
Rest
Rest
Setting the Bound
Setting the Bound
Tested By Fire
Tested By Fire
1999, oil linen; 60″ x 48″,
private collection