Figurative paintings with ornate patterns.
Oil, acrylic, graphite, and ink on canvas. Gouache and watercolor on paper.
I create paintings of LGBTQ-identified and Queer-allied women, most recently focusing on my partner, dearest friends and those who have impacted my life in some way. My work explores the line between glorification, objectification and modification. I use patterns from each subject’s local and social environment as a subtle vernacular to portray the layers and complexities of identity.
Queer identities have varying aesthetics which metamorphose based on age, race, geography etc. I explore fluidly expanding identities in my global travels and depict certain aspects in my artwork. The bodies of queer-identified women in my paintings are evolving with their social environment.
In the nineties, shows such as “All But the Obvious” and “Gender, Fucked” re-discovered gender and negotiated its borders. Donna Evans presented ‘sexual deviants’ in such a way that popular culture viewed them as unfeminine, aggressive, and unattractive as a result of their body hair, age, muscles etc. Unlike Evans, I depict a more sumptuous side of the Queer-feminine world in which women modify their bodies, take on various permutations of androgyny and are celebrated for it.
I have come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. By entering into the modernist painting field I plan to continue to destabilize gender borders just as LGBTQ artists have been doing since the 70’s and earlier. In the future, I see my artwork marking a sexually fluid presence and stimulating dialogue in both the feminist and mainstream art worlds.