I explore how women’s lives are full of joy, but also fraught. I paint how we live with that on a day to day basis, wordlessly. I find themes of peril, entrapment, resignation and anger fill my work, just as often as do themes of peace, joy, contentment and love. We live with these contradictions simultaneously.
The figures I paint, mainly women, are placed in everyday situations, combined with imagery to bring out my emotions and thoughts about those situations. I use bright colors and an expressive style that initially lead the viewer to believe the image is a fairly happy situation, but as the viewer engages, they find things are off.
I also use an imagined biology, as if their skin is transparent and we can see inside. Some figures show strong muscular systems, so they can carry loads, other figures emphasize illness or old age with engorged uncomfortable organs. The figures have empty faces, in part because they are transparent, but also so they can be any woman. To me these are not portraits, although they are autobiographical to an extent, they are public narratives and personalizing the faces would detract from the viewers’ ability to see themselves in the image.