A Sensuist's Guide, 2014
LSD Galerie, Berlin
Diane Ackerman writes in, A Natural History of the Senses, "Much of life becomes background, but it is the province of art to throw buckets of light into the shadows and make life new again." What Ackerman describes in the following pages is an erudite account of sensual experience at the biological level. Similar but using a different lens, I look to describe sensuality at the level of the social. If, as Ackerman describes, making love is a kind of doubling in size, one wonders what is possible when life is read by the polymorphously perverse, i.e., if living itself is a kind of doubling with things and the relational experience with other objects, people, and atmospheres is shifted past a need for biological congruence and enters the ecstatic.
My position is thus. That by engaging deeply, quickly, and thoroughly with anything, it is possible to double with it. Herein, I present a new body of work which tracks my study of this understanding. My aim is realized through the staple mediums of drawing, painting, and photography utilizing a melange of visual tools such as ornamentation and saturation. My specialization is a study of human social relationships and my vehicle is that of a broad and heady sensuist.
*Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses, (New York: Vintage Books, 1995), 15
Installation view, works: oil and acrylic on velvet, acrylic on paper, family photographs and photocopies.