Edits & Omissions

The white surface in Edits & Omissions references the now obsolete idea of "white-out" -- of ways that we retract or call back certain ideas through editing. In the hands of an average person, a bottle of white-out is innocent, but what happens when it is in the hands of power? There is great danger in this because power lies with too few and the histories that we are taught are heavily edited and full of omissions. What is absent is as important, if not more so, than what we are shown.

When I began these paintings I was inspired by the global refugee crisis and how emigrants were leaving behind everything they knew for a chance at survival, however the work has evolved for me. I have come to consider these in the context of our history with slavery and racism, the culture wars happening right now, and the ongoing battle to control who tells the story. The people recording our history matter a great deal and without diverse voices involved in the process it is clear to see how much we have omitted from the public record. The paintings in Edits & Omissions are the result of the omission of previously finished paintings through an editing process until only trace artifacts remain. It is important to me that the works underneath were once paintings in their own rite, because it embodies within them a past that is only visible through the residual surface scars and visual shrapnel that remains.