Artist’s statement: I am drawn to subjects about socially transmitted beliefs, widely repeated cultural themes and mores. My work focuses on the narratives evolving naturally from the subconscious as images unfold; dialogues on events taking place around me or a moment just about to happen. Inspired by pictures from women’s wrestling and commodity culture, and themes of control, what emerges from the process of pairing imagery is often new associations, unwittingly about cultural themes. I personalize the collage process with drawing, seeking to harmonize through the paring of collage and drawing.
When an image becomes of interest to me, I attempt to challenge the significance of the image testing its symbolic and cultural references. I like relational absurdities, coherence and disconnection which occurs from this subconscious process. I find dissonance can set forth its own language, visual or textual. The process of painting and drawing is always exciting to me and in this process I hope to challenge tradition with individual pictorial language, a layering of images.
I hope the viewer finds momentum in the use of humor, absurd text and interplay of images and techniques toward a final image. I’m testing pictorial space and cultural imagery and hope to arrive at an adherence that sets forth its own language on the surface of the pieces.