I make art from what is around me physically and mentally, past and present. The unmitigated range in my work is a statement of me, my observations, broken down into sections of my personality, and depicted in series as I travel back and forth in thought, connecting these varied interests in my art to coexist. As a native Californian, I am concerned with the development/destruction of our coastal community. Using unobstructed nature as a base point, I add figures, objects and architectural lines which manifest in my work.
The exploration of differentiating female and male personas, questions how society deals with gender and how the media portrays a false illustration of who we are. Women go about each day with a smile on our collective faces, knowing internally what is often masked. We have emotional states that are shut down and concealed, while men still carry an unabashed façade. Each piece with the “Women” series denotes a personal aspect, suggesting a process of aging, the diverse challenges we all face.
The symbolism I use represents this dichotomy, using unexpected objects women and men. I examine how one feels in a dress, good or bad, male or female, and use this symbol alongside comfortable/uncomfortable imagery to open a discourse. The masculine is embodied through mixed media and found objects suggesting support, power, or domination. Furniture can represent the feminine, a comfortable space to rest your eye, and the inverse strength of structural elements, lines and dimensions, become visual eye candy for me. The small studies in the “Le Petite” series, hones my use of a spontaneous style where I can let the paint dictate the mood.
Shifting gears as my mind spins, I work within the gird as an homage to the past modern/minimalist art, when the grid structure and controlled space was used to simplify an object. In today’s digital age, the grid, whether developed or undeveloped, we all have a place in it. Each piece is worked through layers of acrylic and digital media, comprised of historical and researched images, which are then placed within the grid. The medium is forced back and forth, until I've reached the depth and personal meaning for each area. A reflection of this can be seen in my series "Controlled Space".
Whether in structured or intuitive work, composition and color are very important and my final objective is achieved when the piece can be viewed in different directions. My work feels complete when the balance of loose paint application and calming, reinforcing lines create a synergy that is contrasting but also harmonious.
My upcoming series of "Future Extension" will continue the path of the processes and influence instilled, and draw from my obsession of the past, present and future of an abandoned space, hidden in plain sight. It explores the "perceived" lives of the the people of this area.