VIEW IN MY ROOM
This work was inspired by our time during COVID when we were quarantined and I was obsessed with watching "The Crown." I began to think about traditional portraits and how they played a key role in documenting importance. I was also thinking about invention and how would it be to make a person who could represent someone of importance, but not actually be a person. Many of my figures are based off individuals who appear to be wearing masks or have ambiguous features. This is a response to how I navigate life wearing different roles based on situations and the fact that i was adopted and did not know what ethnicity I was until my late 40's. I also grew up in a white household and was a bi-racial child. Searching for identity and invention has been a large part of my life. Although my work is not narrative or obviously autobiographical, it essentially is.
Painting:Oil Paint on Canvas
Size:30 W x 30 H x 1 D in
Ready to Hang:No
Packaging:Ships in a Box
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Navigating the many roles I play as a Mother, a homemaker, an educator, and a woman informs my every move as an artist. Issues related to identity and ambiguity are paired with moments of calm and organic chaos. These interaction are supported by physical responses to materials. The act of pulling off paint, sanding down surfaces and constructing both two and three dimensional forms drives my process. Working this way provides great satisfaction in that each time a material is taken away, it leaves behind an inescapable residue of the former. To me this is similar to how life unfolds. Shifts in ideas, textures, colors, all interplay, lead me down a path I could never anticipate. Although I consider myself a painter’s painter, working across disciplines allows me to adapt and change. It forces me to reinvent, and reimagine how and what I am trying to say within each piece. I think the greatest factor that inform my work is physical responses to the materials I use, whether that be paint or sculptural forms, each surface holds a tension that rests between violence and protection. I find working this way yields countless opportunities for resurrection, revelation and renewal. Other aspects that relate to physicality is my repose to paint and how I have aligned my work with the figurative tradition. My work is very much about the physical process that encompasses making something tangible. Holding onto my family, loving my kids, protecting them from the violence that is the world around is my role. My paintings and sculptures are my way of making sense of the uncertainty that is life. Navigating my life as a single mother and an artist has fueled each and every move of this show. With each piece there is a sustained effort to hold on to my babies and keep them safe.
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