The Cross-Contamination series began in 1998 with Whistling Bird, which was about how transgenic food combines animal DNA with plant DNA to make our super market fruits and vegetables more resistant to pests and rot. A dangerous practice as far as I am concerned as we do not totally know or understand the future consequences we must face with regard to our planet, our food and our bodies. Whistling Bird was one unique work, and as the series stalled so did my inspiration. Soon, my thoughts would move to a distant time to another series, the Post Apocalyptic Tattoo. As I worked on my most recent series of Shift Paintings I again began thinking about Cross-Contamination, and how varied the concept could be encompassing everything from difficult and hard to understand material combinations and mixed metaphors to abrupt changes in the narrative with the passage of long spans of time. This series is a way of gathering the minutiae of my uncontrollable and often difficult to understand thoughts and making them into what I hope some will see as worthy of note.
Cross-Contamination 1998-2016 (images)