What cultural assumptions inform the choice of words, the choice of interpretation?
In the "Primal Language" paintings, I was experimenting with removing vowels and collage. It is still a work in progress, as the reaction of viewers is a vital aspect of these paintings. When I first showed these paintings in my studio, some people were very angry at me. The political tension is made viable through the language. Is the lack of communication based on cultural assumptions? Much violence occurs when the words to communicate disappear or don’t exist. Can I show that visually? Can I make you feel that when you look at these images, without vowels, connected on a flat surface? Do you feel empathy or do you polarize? What happens to you, the viewer?