Considering the multiple definitions of the term “media”, I create mixed-media paintings using both the type that carries pigment and the varieties that carry information. I re-purpose the latter as alternative mark-making tools, their intrinsic formats and contents working in conjunction with paint to determine the formal attributes of the resulting abstract paintings.

In my current series of VHS, audio cassette tape and floppy disk works, I transfer the oxide coating of magnetic tapes or disks onto canvas, panel or paper using an acrylic gel medium into various configurations interpreted by the source material. The encoded films/music/data on the tapes or disks remain undeciphered in the process of transfer but serve new purpose as graphic form; the transformation of one medium into another and the re-vitalization of an obsolete technology. In these works the temporal aspect of the source material becomes translated into a static cipher. In their reductive and repeating compositions, the works allude to the stark formal qualities of minimalism yet carry encrypted content. (In reference to Frank Stella's famous quote that defined the movement, "what you see" is not everything that you could potentially see.)  The titles of the works reflect the source film, audio recording, or digital files used for each. 

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