My studio practice represents a commitment to making a visual order of chaos, exhaustively using material circulating my periphery. Painting is a chosen limit; it is a microcosm of my work as a whole. In the recent series, “Para-paintings,” I allow myself to be sentimental about the initial, uninhibited gestures by cutting them out. In this sense they gain character; they become orphans in need of a home. Once I assemble a large collection of these dissimilar shapes and textures, the recomposition becomes a thoughtful, patient experiment in attempting a unity that may or may not be achievable. Unity often manifests as a tiny, synchronistic moment where cutouts merge or create an illusion. This is a game of tuning into and out of detail…a game of discovery that I want to play with the viewers.