some thoughts about my process
i start each abstract painting with a feeling or complex thought. the tension and energy caused by the unresolved concepts set a path for the color story of the work, as well as the first basic ideas of the composition.
as I work my way through the painting, i find more focus, providing more clarity. the emerging composition leads to concrete decisions about light, shape, color, and space. the needs of the painting combined with the needs of my statement work together to create the finished work.
abstract #1 was the first in my series of abstract works. painted during a time of personal turmoil, the positive space in this painting reflects the solid but unpredictable grounding of my life, the negative spaces represent deep wells of pain that sometimes feel bottomless.
abstract #1 speaks to the careful navigation between things in our lives that are solid and the chasms that we all know exist, but we try very hard to avoid.
longing started with the idea of physical longing. missing spaces that I love, led me to speak about the ache that grows when we are kept away from people and places that fill us with peace and the feeling of home. sometimes the longing burns hot and becomes almost unbearable, sometimes it is cool and barely noticeable, and sometimes it hides in dark spaces deep within our bones. we all move in, out, and through longing, at times dancing on the edge of it, often not quite being able to name what exactly we are missing.
the joy that I find in painting comes from the absolute power over the world of my creation. giving a thought or feeling a visual representation is sometimes as necessary as breathing.
in the piece, take what’s left, i imagine a world where a person steps toward a new life and past demons are left behind. the central figure is exiting the structure, ghosts and skeletal forms are seen in the windows. in her hand, she holds only the smallest, most vulnerable part of herself as she takes the step necessary for survival. another figure watches, knowing the struggle, having survived it themselves.
fractured earth was inspired by combining two western landscapes. the rock formation, on the right side of the composition, was slightly humanized to represent three wise elders deep in conversation.
imagine if, as the three were speaking, the earth opened up around them, threatening to swallow them whole. then imagine, their wise words and ideas magically stitching the earth back together.
art as activism
misogyny-contempt for women
these pieces were created to speak to my outrage of governmentally forced pregnancies.
every woman, every girl, every person deserves control over their own body.
those in power have condemned the women and girls of this country to give up agency over our lives for their ‘values’, this is a cruel mistake. our bodies are not a vessel to own and control.
is this truly all you’ve ever dreamed of was created during the chaos that was the summer of 2020. this painting shows the coronavirus large in the foreground, but looming in the background is another more destructive virus. this virus, shown in the colors of the USA and representing white supremacy, threatens to cover everything in its path. the orange figures represent the trump administration’s response to both crises- chaos and destruction.