These paintings, drawings, etchings, and rubbings are about an indexical mark that points directly to a place just beyond the canvas, like an imprint of itself. They are notationally abstract but entirely representational.
I have always been attracted to the point between abstraction and representation because they have always seemed impossible without each other. With my background as a painter trying to show what I saw by simplifying and generalizing, it became so clear how representation is impossible without abstraction and vice versa. That flow back and forth slowly extended into all realms of communication. How can we think without the abstraction of language, of naming. And what is lost in that process? A child will be endlessly fascinated by sparrows until they learn the word for them. In naming all all sparrows become same but then we can communicate about them. It is the small tragedy of that trade off that interests me.