A friend recently gave me some information on the great German Painter Anselm Kiefer. His work deals with struggles of conscience and the reconciliation of one's individual self with a the collective past. Though I never plan to do so, making pictures of this type- on inspection after the fact- seems to relate to my past and working through fear. I don't want to get too precious about it, but paintings can be seen- per Rothko and many others- as snapshots of states and colors as feelings. The above two pieces both represent those issues and create them simultaneously.