Created in response to the 2016 presidential election, America: She Was Asking For It, was born from a nightmare and depicts a revealing portrait of not only America’s elected Head of State but also his wife and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.
A variety of symbols evoke both an immediate visceral reaction, such as the confederate flag, as well as an ongoing discovery of depravity represented as small painted details, such as the pins, that reveal contractions and hypocrisy.
I utilized the bright coloring effects of gouache to capture the flashy tone of media imagery and intentionally made the work small to emphasize the insufficient attention and transitory coverage given to these issues by the media.
The piece is floated atop an abyss-like, black velvet, to create an effect like that of a digital screen, and finally encased in a tarnished frame, as if it is a dangerous artifact, warning of possible future outcomes.
Male dominance in western art, and in particular portraiture, has been a critical element in denying women ownership over our own identity. It also has caused some of the most significant crimes and injustices against women to be ignored, dismissed, or worse glossed over as something entirely different. Sober Jockey confronts this head-on by singling out and reinterpreting Henri Fuseli's, The Nightmare from a female perspective. In doing so it directly confronts issues of violence towards women and the shock, trauma, stress, depression and haunting that so often comes with it. A scene which for so long has been presented and interpreted as a “Nightmare” is now shown to be a reality for the protagonist, as it is of course for so many millions of women.
Sober Jockey will be exhibiting, as part of Art in an Age of Anxiety, at the Arts Guild of Sonoma in Sonoma, California between August 30th through October 1st, 2018. Opening reception Saturday, September 1st, 2018. See Details Here.
Art in an Age of Anxiety
August 30 - October 1, 2018
*Opening reception Saturday, September 1st 5:00pm-7:30pm
Arts Guild of Sonoma
40 E Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Open Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 11am-5pm
Open Fri & Sat 10am-6pm
I'm honored to be included in Persistence, an exhibition at the Museum of Northern California Art celebrating and recognizing women artists. "Persistence" has become a byword for women standing up and I'm passionate about promoting the work of female artists past, present, and future. This was my kind of exhibition.
My Turkey Vulture was awarded First Place (out of 60+ juried works from across North America) for a special exhibit put on by the Yosemite Audobon Society and Sierra Art Trails titled "Avian: Birds in a Changing World."
The show focuses on birds and their importance in our lives. Vulture's are often considered a nuisance or even disgusting but my portrait shows the elegance and dignity of the bird combined with honesty about its nature – for example, its vertebrate brooch. Vultures serve a very important role in our ecosystem, cleaning animal remains and helping to prevent the spread of disease. All works exhibiting through January 14, 2018 in Oakhurst, California. See details below.
Due to the devastating fires in our community,
Art Trails is rescheduled to October 21-22 & 28-29 from 10AM-5PM.
I'd like to share with you where I work and my passion for painting. Learn about my process and be among the first to see my newest work. Art Trails is a lot of fun and I hope to see you this October!
October 21-22 & 28-19
10:00am - 5:00pm
5949 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
21021 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, CA 95441
Open every day from 11:30a.m. until 9:00 p.m
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