Oil on Panel, glass, mosaic tile, wood and gold leaf
Acrylic on Burlap
Oil on Panel
As a multimedia artist I work intuitively to communicate the ideas behind my work primarily through paintings, sculptures and installations, and often times challenge the boundaries that distinguish these categories. Although each piece is unique, they all reflect and discuss the human presence that sometimes lingers in a space or object, as well as the energy that charges these spaces based on its history.
Lingering Presence is a body of work in which I have broken away from using the traditional substrate and utilize a variety of other materials that are found in human living spaces in order to reflect certain energies, memories, and events that have absorbed into the materials.
In light of some of the recent mass shootings that have occurred in the United States. I began to contemplate the effects that events and people can have on spaces and materials, like an invisible residue or stain. This led to further digging into my own past and incidents of abuse and trauma and how the visuals of certain environments produce certain responses. Through my work, I aim to provoke intimate and unique experiences based off of the materials I present and how people react to them based on their own background. Although my pieces are intended to communicate broad themes depending on the viewer and how they perceive them, underlining topics that I draw from are femininity, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, and the way human activity affects the physical world.
Doll House is a piece that the viewer will be able to experience not only with their eyes but by literally walking into the painting; a maze like path that will take you through the painting so that you can see it from a variety of different angles. Sheer fabric walls of painted wallpaper patterns will guide the viewer through an inviting path that may or may not lead them back unimpacted. This experience is meant to parallel what can sometimes seem like a hopeless, endless maze, with no one to turn to for help. This represents the reality of some girls' childhood who experience sexual abuse from someone close to them. Often times it is a situation that happens in what should be a safe place. Instead of a time for innocence and play, this is the Dollhouse that represents their experience. The realization that this is the home that most women grow up in, grow into, or get stuck in is something I think is worth recognizing as well as the unparalleled strength that results in overcoming these tribulations.