Paint Skins

While painting, my pallets collect layers and layers of dried paint. When the layers get to thick on the pallet, I peel it off in a plasticky sheet commonly referred to as a paint skin. I’ve collected hundreds of these sheets over the last five years, and recently began to cut them up and assemble them onto canvas. The effect, while unintentional at the time, has the feeling of peeling posters and the textures of urban decay I loved so much when I lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This cycle of consciously painting one piece and using it’s “leftovers” to create another piece is a theme in my work, and is the thread that connects the collections.