This series, Leafy Impetus (working title), consists of drawings and paintings originally inspired by Spanish moss, the aerial plant found in the southeastern parts of the United States, which I use as a versatile natural painting brush. This series began in summer of 2012, when I started frequenting Savannah, Georgia, a fantastical moss-ridden environment. As I picked up fallen strands of ‘conquistadores beards’ -named after the Spaniards bearded faces- I was moved to use its attractive and intricately complex structure. In so doing I imagined I might gain access to ancient secrets or mythical stories.
While I work on these pieces, I imagine myself floating or flying into these nebulous painted environments that are reminders of what I saw as a child through the eye-piece of a microscope. I dip and soak moss and other botanical matters alike, in various liquids and paint, followed by energetic applications to rough textured canvas via whipping, rubbing and pressing; the myriad of effects attained inspire future exploration and discoveries.
The way the paint reacts between my actions and the surface, results into marks that translate into worlds which I lastly visit with my pencil drawings. These pictorial adventures are what drive my scientific curiosity and artistic passion to create the works in this series.