I created the series, "Raw", in response to the essay "Empty and Full" by Franois Fheng (Translated by Michael H. Ko). Chinese aesthetic thought always envisions the beautiful in its relationship with the true.
I'm thinking about the importance of choosing materials that achieve the results I want with the least amount of manipulation and are beautiful on their own. Raw canvas offers a warm backdrop that nods at the history of painting while ink can be directed but often goes it's own way when confronted by water and absorbent canvas creating transience and imperfection in contrast to an implied structure. Negative space is as important as mark making and the compositions are intentionally full and empty at once.