My male figures are rendered in haste, and give the viewer a physical human form to leer back at. My female flowers and fruit are rendered with care, and shelter with their metaphorical stand in for the female form. The hand reaches in but is never allowed contact. My work is made with anger and with love. I am hoping to subvert the centuries of misogynistic, art-historical mirroring of societal norms – I am not your ripe fruit there for the taking, I am not your delicate flower to be plucked.
Figure studies bring life and focus to the contour line that eventually becomes the male, but they also serve to help prevent my mind from being overtaken by a binary system. They are soft and rendered in fleshy tones. They are ghostly and very human. They are feminine and masculine. They represent the other or uncanny. They are the space in between.
Shape and color studies inform my visual language, with balance as the goal.
My earlier work focused on cocooning and self protection. Then there was a boiling point, my life changed profoundly. I painted volcanos for that period. Once things normalized, my current body of work began. It directly opposes the work that I made pre-boiling point in that it offers up vulnerability and freezes in the moment of unguarded fear just before.