Since the advent of modernism, it has been presumed that a painter's voice is one of direct personal expression. This presumption leaves me envious of novelists, playwrights, composers and performing artists who are able to address complex subjects by applying several voices to their creations.
In my current project, I've combined each painted images with a fictional text of my own composition. Each text is written to suggest a fragment of a larger narrative. In formal terms, these verbal fragments echo the limitations of stationary vision, a limitation conventionalized by a painting's frame. Both words and imagery are devised to share a single metaphorical space.
What I am striving for is an enhancement of painting's subject matter, which is the component shared by the artist and the viewer. I do this to challenge a certain cliché of authorship that can reduce a viewer's engagement with a painting to a sentimental exercise.