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ARTIST STATEMENT

Until now, a recurring theme in my work has been the association between person and place and our concepts of home. As my work evolves, I still return to the home. Only now, the focus is on the women in my life, their roles and circumstances, whether tragic or heroic, and the forces that led them there. What does it mean to be a woman? How can gender affect an outcome? It is my intention to explore themes such as vulnerability, inability to control one’s destiny, inequality, perception, and empowerment, including the issues of sexism, misogyny, objectification, procreation, and aging. These issues are as relevant today as they were during the life of my grandmother.

I’m a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.”
— Maya Angelou

My paintings consist of layered narratives and imagery embedded in one another. Figures are borrowed from mythology, literature, and history. Resulting images are reduced to simpler forms, line and color, all coalescing into larger worlds of chaos and complexity. These worlds settle into dualities of light and dark, of sharp line meeting organic, of known versus unknown, an intimate immensity. My work attempts to represent the entangled mosaic of life that is female in an environment where true equality exists only in the imagination.

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