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Existing on the border of folk illustration and the contemporary reduced painterly gesture, my work investigates the connection between psychoanalytic theory, politics, and the medium of painting.
Following Jacques Lacan’s notion that “The word kills the thing” by fixing its meaning, I use an illustrative approach to examine the way metaphors, when taken literally, become dysfunctional. I’m interested in the implications of using painting, a medium that rejects literal interpretation, to analyze concepts that reject visual interpretation.
In my recent works I have focused on the aesthetics of the political process and the way it is presented by the media, and how reality is shaped through this relationship. As an outsider-immigrant I am continuously learning about the structures and characteristics of American politics and their international implications. Whether it is a photograph of a political debate or of two heads of states meeting in the oval office, I find it fascinating to work with these media-produced images of extremely significant meaning.
By using the medium of painting and working with digital imagery produced by the network television apparatus, my paintings offer an examination of the connection between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real. I am invested in the way that the images we consume affect our sense of ethics, choices and actions.