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For Private Places, I used my own experiences for inspiration after spending a week in a gated community in Hawai’i. This allowed me to frame new questions around the darker sides of utopia: looking at our cultures’ impulse toward fantasy and perfectionism, I question how these ideas play out in our land-use policies and how we envision the contemporary American landscape. Neo-communal entities, self-segregation, lifestyle communities, gated communities and golf/leisure communities are all locations from which I draw inspiration and source material. At the heart of the project is the question: Who and what get excluded as we put up the gates and fortify the boundaries, and at what cost to ourselves and society?

Men play golf in the foreground as a giant wildfire rages behind them, painted in an expressionistic and semi-abstract way.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas
48" x 48"
2018
Men play golf in the foreground as a giant wildfire rages behind them, painted in an expressionistic and semi-abstract way.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas
48" x 48"
2018
Fantasy tropical landscape with painterly warm colors stained, daubed and brushed expressionistically painted idyllic resort with lagoon and waterfall.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas
47.5" x 48"
2018
Fantasy tropical landscape with painterly warm colors stained, daubed and brushed expressionistically painted idyllic resort with lagoon and waterfall.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas
47.5" x 48"
2018
Idyllic scene of an endless pool in Hawaii broken up by a bent and tangled chain-link fance
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Detail shot of Idyllic scene of an endless pool in Hawaii broken up by a bent and tangled chain-link fance
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Tropical resort scene painted in think, loose, and brightly colored strokes.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2018
Sun-drenched golf course in Hawaii held at tempting distance by an elaborate blue metal gate.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
15" x 24"
2018
Screen-printed chain-link fence over a warm-hued scene of an idyllic town overlooking a reflective lake.
Oil and screen-printing on acrylic dyed canvas over board
14" x 11"
2018