ACRYLIC AND GOLD LEAF ON PANEL, MOUNTED TO CRADLE PANEL
8 IN. X 8 IN. X 2 IN.
My art explores emotions that hide between reality and the subconscious. I am interested in the psychological moments that become its own entity, taking control and shaping our being. Through the use of mythology, fables, and invented narratives, I create drawings that reflect on various emotional states. These states range anywhere from anxiety, awkwardness, confusion, anger, grief, and loneliness.
These moments of reflection are infused with fantastical icons, culturally embedded from our childhoods. Within these new phantasms, animals spirits, doppelgangers, hybrid monsters, and heroic figures collide. Often in the series, a metamorphosis occurs that empowers or overwhelms the figure. The hero is often caught in a critical moment, deciding his or her fate base on the next response.
I investigate these notions through a combination of illustrative detailing, intense color schemes, and dark imagery using ink and acrylic paint. A ghostly and otherworldly state is evoked to create the feeling of a dream and intentionally blur the lines between magic and madness. These ethereal and lonesome dreamscapes invite the viewers to engage in their own interpretations. As the viewer watches the hero struggle, they must recall their own emotional states, possibly mirroring the dark places that are normally kept hidden deep inside.
ACRYLIC AND GOLD LEAF ON PANEL, MOUNTED TO CRADLE PANEL, 8 IN. X 8 IN. X 2 IN., 2016
Neon Pink skull, cracked in places and sealed with gold, is shattered open with a swarm of moths escaping outside
This painting explores the process of grief and mourning. Using bones as an obvious signifier of death and mortality and create narratives with them. The colors, bright and cheery, undermines the somber content.