Apr. 25

Mud Bath

I discovered Andy Stott’s EP “Passed Me By” this winter, about a year and a half after it was released. The EP’s tone ranges from visceral and melancholy, to seductive and lush; after one listen it became my default winter soundtrack. I was particularly drawn to the anxious, plodding track “Execution,” which evoked visions of desecrated monuments, deteriorating landscapes, and their nebulous inhabitants.

In response I’ve made a series of stark, monochromatic collages that explore the space between abstraction, figuration, and architecture. The compositions employ a strategy of self-erasure in order to elicit the feeling of an image frozen in a state of flux.

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