I build narratives out of written texts and appropriated images. I think of it as using other voices to speak, balancing between believing the images and critiquing them. Formally, the work reflects an interest in addressing the issue of narrative painting within the exploded scope of our fragmentary world. Taking their cues from contemporary/postmodern fiction, film theory, and semiotics, the paintings position the viewer at the core of the construction of narrative, weaving an intertextual thread of references and allusions. Simultaneously, the work explores the construction of masculine identity by/through mass culture as manifested in Generation X and filtered through feminism and identity politics/criticism. It’s a bit like a vulture picking through a mountain of boy scout manuals, cd covers, hunting and fishing magazines, and related miscellany, savoring the tasty bits and creating a tangle of hypertexts among the images, the texts, and the “world.” Really, I’m just trying to not choke on the voices.