My latest body of work explores the integration and disintegration of identity within the contexts of relationship, gender and culture. Through the constant process of defining and re-defining my relationship with others I have been able to confront (sometimes hesitantly and sometimes boldly) my relationship to Self. This cycle of (dis)integration is apparent in my technical approach toward the work – the fractal brushstrokes of the figure extend into the environment while traces of the environment always remain present within the figure.
These paintings also explore the complexity and beauty of the feminine. They represent an ever-expanding embrace of my own femininity and acknowledgement of a certain strength found only in vulnerability and tenderness. In a culture that - at times subtly and at times overtly - expects women to be at once sexual and virginal, strong but not overbearing, sensitive but not too emotional, I aim to represent women who define sensuality, strength and sensitivity on their own terms.
Ultimately, I remain endlessly curious of a painting’s ability to communicate independently from any figurative framework as energy broken down into color, texture and movement.