Photo by Monica Guidry Kelsie ©
My work represents my role and actions as a father, as well as, my children’s roles as receivers of care, givers of teachings and bringers of joy. My work is about my relationship, and experiences with these luminous beings. I am looking to capture the emotional resonance of those moments of joy and also those of fear.
I am also, in a way, marking time, their progress as human beings and mine as a father. The changes in the vocabulary I employ are tied to the growth of the children. As they adopt new interests and adapt to the constant changes of young life, I, in turn, incorporate the related imagery into my work. For these reasons, I am drawn to the conceptual basis of Abstract Expressionism. I want to embody the experience of a deep connection with my children. Like the Abstract Expressionists, there are contradictions in what I do. However, I choose not to perpetuate a myth of masculinity as they did. My works are not created in the service of the patriarchy. I am a giver of care, and my work represents this. This isn’t about fathering as a verb.