My paintings reflect a confessional artist platform, examining the intersection of idealism, objects and female identity. I share inspirations in the blending of my roles as a fine artist, professional and mother. I see the power to use art to connect to others and create an advocating dialogue for myself. Art gives a voice, an expression that is not bound to language. I am inspired by modernism, surrealism and how these genres translate in capturing daily life. I find beauty, and freedom, where my unconscious exists, unveiling a new world. I try to take courage and comfort in this creative space and evolve.
Creating art for me, is an internal cycle of destruction and recreation.
In this current series in progress, often, I am the canvas. I am exploring my identity and her many layers. Throughout this journey I try to take courage and comfort in this creative space and evolve. Creating art for me, is an internal cycle of destruction and recreation. This series has a blend of formal painting in a self portrait nature on canvas, large scale Indian ink renderings on water color paper, as well as experimental skin art and body painting.
I have those close to me, paint me, revealing the inside of the mask. The ritual is documented and I then paint the self-portraits based on those outcome images. The background content is inspired by the artist that painted me. I started the series with my 3 y/o daughter and then my mother, followed by a close friend, my husband, etc.
Recently, I started to paint my own skin, and my daughter’s skin. Using a sketchbook from a previous identity, prior to motherhood, I found inspiration in my alter ego creature sketches. I find using this content and inspiration on our skin is a means to blend and merry these fantastical layers, into one beautiful existence. Bonding not only, my relationship and infinite love for my daughter, but with myself and my many layers.
This body of work was created for a site specific gallery exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky this past July of 2022. I am researching the concept of symbiotic relationships, and the Gaia Hypothesis. Using my artist mother identity, I’m making art and finding inspiration fueled from my daughter, husband and cats in a way that services me as an artist, as I am at a constant service to them. I labor from love and recognize our interactions form a synergetic and self-regulating system that created, and now maintains, making our lives possible and flowing. Also created are monochromatic prints of the reflected painting’s, a symbiotic visual in itself, aside the paintings.
A reflection of the pandemic shut down. These paintings have been presented in a solo exhibition at the Village Works Gallery, in NYC, Tauren Tags and the Phoenix Rises. During the shutdown, I observed my immediate surroundings differently. The objects idealistically and symbolically represent personal family dynamics and the surrealistic nature of the pandemic – how the roles of an artist, a mother, a wife, a professor, a therapist and a woman in general, can blend. Visually exploring these dynamics, our interior landscapes become ordinarily profound. I am playing between realism and painterly strokes. Or more specifically- blended, highly rendered imagery versus playful, spontaneous and unconscious painting. While in my home, I observe the space in different light and paint, capturing the footprint of our daily lives as well as previously made paintings. For example, in " Window of Our World’s and a Painting of a Painting” you can see my view of my toddlers play nook and me in my art studio in the guest house, across the way.
A series that represents the growth of my daughter, a rainbow baby, through pregnancy. I used fruit as a visual metaphor of size, and hummingbirds to represent her irrepressible weekly survival. I was initially inspired by an encounter with a hummingbird while living in Brooklyn. In such an urban environment, I thought the circumstance to be uncanny. I started to research the hummingbird and became immediately inspired with the actual species as well as the symbolic values of the creature. Using repetition, I would create fruit and hummingbird stencils out of bristol paper, tracing and overlapping the shapes, changing forms at the intersections.
A process piece creating "Yosemite Expectations".
This series consists of drawings, paintings, and a
stop motion video. These works are inspired by various
African Kongo Power Figures
from the 19th and 20th century on permanent exhibition at the MET, NYC. These African sculptures were commissioned for their use in religious rituals surrounding
childbirth and human fertility, and quite often illustrate the practice of scarification.