NOTHING TO SEE HERE
Nothing to See Here was a body of work that looked at two main ways in which people lack having the full picture; censorship and ignorance.
I used the eighteenth and nineteenth century figurative painting styles of portraiture, still life, and landscape in order to look at the difference between trying to understand things that are not yet understood versus the potential comfort offered by being willfully oblivious. If knowledge is power, then those in the dark are powerless. Whether enforced by society as a means of control, self-inflicted for self-preservation, or simply due to the limitations of an ignorant mind, the inability to see and know all plagues some and empowers others. I had used classical formal painting references in my work Additional Information several years earlier, but was honing my techniques here to see whether we are blindingly ignorant or have our eyes open in the dark. Then again, perhaps there is a certain freedom in glorious obliviousness.