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STATEMENT OF WORK
Blending the languages of gestural painting, cartoon sketches, and storyboard frames, my work expresses the personal, social, and sexual anxieties that stem from attempts to navigate conflicting expectations. Within the limited vocabulary of line drawing, every mark conveys meaning. Without seducing the viewer from behind a veil of thick paint or color, I am able to speak as simply and directly as possible.
These paintings are about reduction. They are about not hiding – perhaps ironically so because I often depict characters whose faces are obscured. But it is through this lack of empathy in the protagonists' blank stares that I confront viewers, subvert their gazes, and ask them to decide whether the paintings are playful, erotic, or disturbing.
Humor helps to reconcile such contradictions, allowing contrary ideas to coexist while revealing aspects of reality in their juxtaposition. But unlike jokes, these paintings have no punch lines. Rather, they exist in a state of unresolved anxiety, an acknowledgment of the mixed signals that are inseparable from the experience of being female.