My paintings reflect the feminine spectacle. The over-the-top, sparkling works deliver a feminist message, commenting on the ridiculous lengths that women must go in order to achieve equality and respect. Pageantry, celebrity and fanfare often find themselves in my work.
Below is the beginning of my new series Spectacle, comprised of 20 paintings that will be complete at the end of 2018. The paintings reflect miniature plasticine trinkets, painted as shiny still lives and inflated to grand proportions on the canvas. The images provoke a bizarre, almost suffocating encounter between viewer and the enlarged, gendered objects, depicted in variations of luscious pink on the canvas. Taken individually the trifles are cute and delightful, but clustered into a candied extravaganza, the image’s complexity deepens and the sugary mass of artificial happiness overwhelms.
This line of inquiry speaks to the pressure of maintaining the ideal woman’s voice as charming, precious, and small.
Together this work aims to provide a place of subtle reflection and ultimately to dismantle the patriarchy (in the sweetest way possible).
Wallflower, oil on canvas 30x40" 2016
Pink, Plastic & Proud, oil on canvas 48x60" 2017
Thoughts on Being Agreeable, oil on canvas 32x48" 2016
Everything's Coming Up Roses, oil on canvas 48x60" 2016
Bright Lights and Lollipops, oil on canvas 32x48" 2016
Diamonds and Pearls and Babies, OH MY!, oil on canvas over panel 16x20" 2016