Unlike ever before, masses of images have instantaneously been made available to anyone with access to a computer. As someone interested in painting - within seconds I can hopscotch between the paintings of the late middle ages to the post modernist present - allowing me to erase the historical time passages between them with a simple click. Museums have traditionally tended to contextualize paintings by their genre and/or place in history. I can leap frog through these eras and genres so that every image is seen through the lens of “now” whether made 5 minutes, 5 decades or 5 centuries ago.
Like hip hop musicians sampling snippets of songs from pop music’s past to create new songs - I scour the paintings of art history (from the known to the lesser known) sampling bits and pieces to use as starting blocks in my work. As the internet allows me to view these paintings from various time periods sequentially (and sometimes even simultaneously), I attempt to pile up and juxtapose genres, styles and the historical - all within a single frame. This re-imagining and displacement of past imagery is my attempt to re-look at historical painting through the lens of a post modernist present.