As an artist and Sommelier, the wine-concept of terroir (the exhaustive factors that comprise a specific wine’s expression) is an idea that I twist and bend through my various works. Like the annual harvest and crush of grapes, my works express the year’s volatilities, thoughts, moods, movements.
Complexity features prominently in my work, a theme that ties into an obsession with paying mind to spaces that generally don’t attract attention. It’s one thing to consider sand in the context of a beach. Quite another to consider granular number 17,004,042 located at a specific GPS coordinate.
What’s going on right here? is a question I ask myself often, where ‘here’ happens to be an unremarkable, tiny location in space and time. I think about unused chairs in seldom-visited rooms, or the views from unreachable windowsills, or the loneliness of highway road signs caught in the dark of winter. Execution of my works involves zeroing in on minute locations, where I can then attend to every detail within that square centimeter (and smaller). It is here that I am most at home.
With respect to subject matter, I create windows into other worlds that are, for me, interesting, sacred, beautiful, unique, compelling. I try to make the subject matter a reflection of the complexity therein, and I draw from a variety of sources: religion, wine, literature, mysticism, esoterica, mathematics, geometry, photography, always looking to go where there is darkness and no map, with a focus less on what is behind the veil, but rather on the veil itself.