Portrait & Figurative
I construct scenes that explore the complexities of identity. I use symbolism to depict impactful situations informed by childhood experiences, ancestry and gender. My painted works challenge one’s own view of self, how our experiences impact our view of others, and society’s role in shaping both. Each reaction to these deeply intimate, often uncomfortable scenes is unique and reveals something important about society and ourselves.
Inspiration for my work comes from within. Nightmares plagued my sleep on the night of the 2016 presidential election. But the morning of November 9th was different. I was stunned and I felt sick. I felt personally assaulted by the results, and as though there was nothing I could do about it. The image from my nightmares, fueled by the headlines, stuck with me and I knew I had to paint.
Through the use of a traditional storybook illustration format, and a little half-sibling humor, this work of art explores the exclusion of alternative family units to the mainstream nuclear family narrative.