Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches, 2017
This series draws inspiration from the textile tradition of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe of the Peruvian Amazon. Considered to be masters of Ayahuasca, the Shipibo people create designs intended to be a representation of the Cosmic Serpent, Creator of the Universe. Unsurprisingly, enlightening parallels can be drawn between descriptions of the Cosmic Serpent and Kundalini energy, which is also described as a “coiled female serpent.”
Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2018
Having discovered a creative outlet to my understanding of Kundalini energy through Glass Facades, Now-Shipibo is a natural transition in the process of visually capturing the universal energy within each human being.
Acrylic on unstretched linen, 45 x 80 inches, 2017
With my training as a jazz pianist, music is central to my artistic practice, and I am constantly searching for ways to bridge the boundaries between the visual and aural. Shipibo patterns are an expression of the interchangeability of light and sound. The ethnologist Angelika Gebhart-Sayer has labeled the Shipibo tradition “visual music”, and it is hardly serendipitous for me to have befallen this practice during the creation of my work.
Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 54 x 180 inches, 2017
The synesthesia achieved through this multi-sensorial, vibrational fusion of form, light, and sound is an experience that I aim to encompass in my paintings, hoping that these pieces can enable viewers to transcend their reality in exchange for one ever more connected and peaceful.
Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 72 x 72 inches, 2017
Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 54 x 144 inches, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched waxed cotton, 45 x 126 inches, 2018