Painting can be an explosive practice, sensitive yet violent, temporal, contemplative, bold and transformative. As a process it can move both fast and slow, be impatient yet kind, be tense and poetic—all the while performing a crafted cadence of oppositions. In my recent work fold, gesture and shifting planes present a twist on illusion and perception. Forms such as a Necker cube, figure ground, and illusionistic tropes filter the viewers sense of space and time. Sometimes the work feels balanced, but there is a movement, handmade, that alters an absolute security. Over the course of the last 16 months of the pandemic my sense of space, time, and feeling grounded was turned upside down. The world that we know, can shift abruptly, giving a vertigo like feeling. Trying to find a new balance in both life and studio work became a central focus to this series.