In each of these works, I am balancing an automatic approach and urgent subject matter. Moments are stretched to include an expanded field for action. This space is then ruptured by automatic drawing and the use of found form. In this way, the forms give up some of their solidity, hinting at hidden connections between symbols. Some paintings reference my own experience. Some are evidence of collective histories. I hope to blur the boundaries between history painting and identity art in this way. I would like the paintings to simultaneously invoke feelings of ecstasy and crisis. These spaces of change and openness are where I search for meaning and purpose. Transformations are often traumatic but can be the key to enlightenment all the same.