The Lucretius Project
In 2012 my work took a surprising turn due to the impact of reading Lucretius's "On the Nature of Things". As Lucretius began his study of natural phenomena, he invoked the fecundity of Venus and other gods creating a marvelous segue to explore the chaotic microcosm underlying the more seemingly stable macrocosm. From a spellbinding erotic narrative to a clarity of vision through depth of understanding of natural forms, Lucretius philosophy revealed a possibility for me to explore abstraction in my paintings through the extension of the natural world into my imagery as evident in this new series. My interest in depth psychology and the uncanny nature of things still remains as I continue to create figurative works in relief prints and painting. With the new work that follows, I believe that the visions that Lucretius has evoked will lead me to a lighter sensibility.