ARTIST STATEMENT: My work comes out of yards of Marimekko fabric, Matisse still-life paintings, household objects, Picasso ceramics, print advertisements, Instagram aesthetics, and the mediated mystery of monoprinting. Educated with a printmaking background, I bring a graphic sensibility to the work. I combine the subtle gradients of monoprinting with the gestural touch of painting. Working alongside printed areas, I define the rest of the image with paint. Both flat and rendered, the work conveys a spatial disorientation that denies stability.
My paintings portray attempts at intimacy such as plants reaching out for contact, Cheetos dust pollinating tablecloths, and a hand touching a fish through glass. Cryptic narratives emerge through the juxtaposition of patterns and objects. The work conjures up contradictory feelings of sexless desire and confident awkwardness. Fine art and design references inhabit the same environments as snack foods and beer. These symbols of art appear more pedestrian in their connection to the everyday while the mundane objects beside them grow more surreal. Captured at a close range reminiscent of an Instagram photo, the scenes depict a distinct moment in time. The anonymous hand and feet, a bit of disembodied portraiture, comes in and out of the work and asserts the presence and perspective of the artist.