ST. LOUIS, MO
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
|These paintings evolved from my
interest in Buckminster Fuller inspired dome dwellings. The Psychology
of these homes—both their owners’ and architects’—and the serendipitous
nature of happening across one of these alien structures on a backwoods
road trip, led me to research a greater variety of exceptional and
unconventional dwelling designs from around the world. Whether to
create ecologically sustainable shelter; react to the track housing of
suburbia; or simply allow the owner to live “off the grid”; many of
these homes are born of utopian idealism or naiveté.
Based on existing designs of built and un-built dwellings this
work re-presents these structures as part of plasticized fantasy
landscapes. Functioning as their analogues, my paintings create
awareness of these distinct structures’ existence at the same time
offering the viewer a momentary escape ripe with imaginative play.
Brave Sanctuary, 2003
Acrylic on panel, 35" x 48"
Acrylic on panel, 28" x 38"