Kevin’s life and practice reside for the most part in Vancouver but his current body of work bears private and nostalgic inference to collective histories and remote geographies – his own as well as those behind the abstract works from the mid last century. The histories differentiate themselves motivationally in that Flood’s work is not in opposition to representational work nor the constructs of expression, but rather he sees freedom of expression as an opportunity to intuit thought or emotion formally. It is memory channeled rather than analyzed, experience layered and sculptural rather than rationalized.
Flood’s encaustics populate each canvas as a mélange of rough-hewn shapes and lines, rich with color and void of being self-conscious or garish. The works are raw and honest; fragments and parcels of a ‘lived-experience’ which are read at times topographical yet deeply personal emotional recollections that cohabit(ate) unexpectedly or uncomfortable baring the artists’ desire to give shape to his own consciousness.