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Trauma (2002)

My paintings began to form in response to the idea of loss and its psychological consequences. The focus is not cause or reason, but rather the act of living life while sorting out unexpected, life changing experiences.     

"[Trauma] give[s] victims the feeling that they have been set apart and made special...having an altered relationship to the rest of humankind, to history, to the processes of nature..."

Kai Erikson, “Notes on Trauma and Community.”

"Traumatic memory has no social component; it is not addressed to anybody; the patient does not respond to anybody; it is a solitary activity (....) In contrast, ordinary memory fundamentally serves a social function..."

Bessel van der Kolk & Onno van der Hart, “The Intrusive Past: the Flexibility of Memory and the Engraving of Trauma.”


Unexpected News

They Walk Away




Day and Night


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