After painting the human figure for a long time, in the latter part of 2003 I began making realistic paintings of abstract subjects. Most of these fall into groups or series – the flexible grids, the ribbon drawings, and the curved squares. In general, the subjects were aggregate forms of identical or very similar elements.
Further development of the ribbon images with enclosures led directly to the drawer paintings. The bed paintings continue the overhead view of the dispersed elements, while the chair paintings offer other approaches to the implied body and the fluidity of form.
John Chamberlain's sculptures were made by assembling crushed materials originally fabricated into other objects. That process and the diminutive size of some of Chamberlain's works were part of the inspiration for my "Homage to John Chamberlain" series of paintings.