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Artist Statement

The figures in my work exist somewhere between my body, storied ingénues, and iconic nudes—from the idyllic Fauves, toned Greco-Roman sculptures, and languid Odalisques, to preposterously proportioned Pin-Ups. In grappling with “the reclining nude” and “the bather,” I contend with the appeal of her lethargy, and the performance, versus the reality, of relaxation and distress. Using layers of high contrast triadic colors and bold line work, I illustrate vignettes of unease and yearning. Surrounding tissue boxes, spilling messes of nail polish, food, blood, tears, and candle wax further inform these narratives. 

 

Painting, printmaking and drawing take up the majority of my practice, though I occasionally explore an expanded definition of these mediums into mixed-media sculpture, animation and collage. I lean on the canon of figurative art to inform my composition as well as my process. The act of painting, printmaking or drawing, the layering, process and ritual of it, imbues metaphorical and thematic significance to the work, not just the imagery within it. Alluding to the process in the work gives it a sense of duration while remaining in a fixed state or a loop. The innate stillness speaks to the fatigue of feeling overwhelmed and the problems of inertia in times that desperately call for action. 

 

I am confronting my complicated relationship to western culture and media: over-saturated by my close-but-never-close-enough likeness to pitied, yet desired, women in paintings, myths, fairy tales, films and advertisements. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my surroundings were inundated with this visual language in billboards, television, murals and museums. I am curious as to the effects of that overexposure, and how this tradition of the female figure as passive, yet central, has shaped my expectations of art, femininity, self-care, and sexuality.

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