The “Stop” paintings are part of a new series that began as an exercise — much like meditation — of paying close attention to the act of painting itself. I was looking for a repetitive mark that would allow me to focus on the specific ways I lay paint down. As I experimented, the double stroke of the x emerged. Over time I began using the x explicitly to cover up or cancel what was below, to push the earlier layers back or down, away from me and the viewer. This created a physical feeling of depth and a psychological mystery: not knowing what is underneath or why it must be hidden. The series is both personal and political. The act of x-ing is a metaphor for crossing out and rejecting past actions — one’s own and others’. 2017