When trying to fathom my lifetime infatuation with smearing, spreading, drizzling, rubbing, and daubing paint onto surfaces, I discovered that Bataille believed the mark is an ingrained manifestation of defacing that is both spiritual and obscene. Also, because of this ambivalence marking sums up the human condition. Examples of marks are: graffiti, make-up, tattoos, illuminated manuscripts, and cave paintings. In turn, this discovery shed an entirely new light on my painting practice.
My current work addresses the flux of migrants in Italy, my adopted country of residence. Migrants live in Italian cities, yet they remain marginal, panhandling for spare change and not being allowed to mix as proper citizens. These young, enthusiastic, able-bodied people are forbidden to hold jobs, so they find themselves in limbo. In my recent paintings I take the outstretched hands, baseball cap spare-change recipients, and slumped, leaning figures as starting points; the paint does the rest.