SWATCHES are an open-ended series of modular pattern paintings that are all 11x14 inches in size, in acrylic and oils, on raw, unprimed linen.
The swatches are endlessly interchangeable and re-configureable. The can be hung in a grid, a long row, in sets of varying numbers, or alone - though they exist as modular pieces of a whole, they also function as individual paintings. The modularity of each swatch, along with the installation in a grid structure, creates a nonhierarchical display system - each painting is equal. Additionally, there is no “correct” way to hang the swatches - there are endless variations possible between the patterns and colors on each swatch.
The vertical orientation of the swatches, as well as the patterning in each swatch, references portraiture and identity. The visual motif of plaid functions as a way to insert the lesbian body and lesbian desire into abstraction. The size references early Netherlandish portraiture, in particular the paintings of Jan Van Eyck, which were often no larger than 10-12 inches on their longest side, but project an psychological intimacy that reaches out of the picture plane and into the viewer’s space. I think of this as a domestic intimacy - these small portrait paintings were not made to be hung in palaces, nor in churches, but in homes. I have deliberately made these swatches a small size so they can fit in the home of the average city dweller, who generally does not have a huge amount of wall space to give up to heroically large paintings.