Themes central to the past five years of my artistic practice have been the investigation of painting and drawing, as defined by historical and contextual codes and expectations. Utilizing linguistics and mediation, I make work that, with each new project, addresses the dialogue I have with these historically rich traditions. I feel that representation and the 2D surface should always be held critically suspect, so as an artist, I am responsible for questioning its authorship and meaning. Mediation helps define and expand my relationship with art making, a tactic that tests my learned response, while offering an objective alternative to my subjective predisposition. All of these approaches aim to holistically question the role of visual codes and understanding.