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How our contemporary social landscape is shaped is the subject of several series of paintings on canvas (and drawings) that I refer to as "Social Fabrics". Our shared use of prevalent systems of representation, an important and always evolving part of the social dynamic, works as well to fix and limit our perceptions of one another. My re-arrangements of these forms question their function and authority as a means to elicit or suggest their inherent agency.
I perceive that productions as disparate as fashion and professional sports, and graphic illustrations such as maps and signage are experienced with such familiarity that their determinative nature is masked just below their finished surfaces. The complexity of these enterprises is, so to speak, hidden in plain sight. It is the intersections of the histories, practices, and authority of these productions as well as our relationship to them that constitute the conceptual and formal aspects of my query, which takes the form of pattern paintings, schematic abstractions, and maps.