My family history has had a strong influence on the content of my artwork. My Grandfather’s World War 2 stories as a tank driver and my Mother’s escape from a communist occupation of Czechoslovakia were the backdrop of my formative years. The anxiety and intensity of their stories gravitated me toward artwork abundant in tragedy, loss, and disaster such as Theodore Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa.
My current body of work continues to explore and depict experiences of tragedy, catastrophe, and disaster. Fragments of material that look like scrap-wood, metal, and debris fly across the surface of the paintings but in the end are solely gestures of paint and remain open to interpretation. In each work I aim to depict a turbulent experience that the viewer can associate with the endless stream of documented disasters that exist in the news and elsewhere.
Exhibition Record (solo shows marked by asterisk)
2016 *Too Late to Brace, Catskill Art Society Fortescue Gallery, Livingston Manor, New York
2015 *Breeding Wreckage, Port Washington Library Main Gallery, Port Washington New York
Working Artist, Academic Gallery, Long Island City, Queens, New York
SIXTY MINUTES, Vanity Projects Miami, Miami, FL (JulyAugust)
2014 Experiences of War: An Artist’s view, curated by Virgian Walsh, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2012 Bushwick Special, 63 Woodward ave, curated by Daniel Derwelis
2010 Sink or Swim, Gallery 1836, Brooklyn, New York, two person show
Collage, Assemblage, and Montage-Putting it all together, Long Island City, New York,
2009 ISE Cultural Foundation Group Show, New York, New York