Portfolio > No Place

The title of my project, No Place, is taken from the translation of the Greek word “utopia”, ou ‘not’ + topos ‘place.’ No Place is based on interviews and documentation I gather while talking with people who grew-up in utopian societies (communes, intentional communities, eco-villages) or spent a good portion of their lives on them. As the interviewees discuss their experiences in these "ideal worlds", tensions emerge between the founding principles behind the formation of such places and the major challenges that living communally often presents. This tension as well as the concrete imagery from the interviews is the jumping-off point for this series of works.

Eccentric dwellings resembling faces occupy a semi-surreal space beneath a gesturally painted sky
Oil paint, acrylic ink, and spray paint on wood panel
6" x 6"
2015
Scrappy shack sits in the foreground of a forested night scene.
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
5" x 7"
2015
Dark skies loom above a broken down school bus and a futuristic ampitheater
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
16" x 20"
2014
Landscape with funky commune, school bus, cobb structure, and big red sky
Oil paint, acrylic ink, and spray paint on wood panel
32" x 40"
2014
Landscape with funky commune, school bus, cobb structure, and big red sky
Oil paint, acrylic ink, and spray paint on wood panel
32" x 40"
2014
Tie-dye explosions in sky above utopian and futuristic looking architecture, geodesic domes.
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
32" x 40"
2014
Tie-dye explosions in sky above utopian and futuristic looking architecture, geodesic domes.
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
32" x 40"
2014
Visionary architecture below a sky colorful ink stains and gooey smears of slicked oil paint.
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
6" x 6"
2014
Visionary architecture in colorful landscape with flowing ink collage.
Oil paint, collage, and acrylic ink on wood panel
5" x 7"
2014
Stone cave-like structure in foreground with wild orange and purple smokey sky and trees above.
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
6" x 6"
2014
Driftwood structure in colorful tumult of oil paint
Oil paint and acrylic ink on wood panel
8" x 10"
2014