OIL ON PANEL , POLYURETHANE FOAM, EPOXY RESIN, LATEX ENAMEL
61 IN. X 78 IN. X 24 IN.
My current works are investigations into personal guiding mythologies introduced to me as a child: A myth that continuously grows and warps as time passes. Traditional symbolism mixes with private imagery to illustrate the ways that I have adopted unreasonable belief systems - for example, religious orthodoxies, superstition and cultural ideals of femininity. Formal decisions such as the distortion of anatomical structures and a saccharine palette draw on historical painting, while the incorporation of particular subjects suggest narratives pulled from religious stories that span many cultures and epochs. These qualities serve as historical references, but more importantly chronicle the contemporary mythology that continues to inform my experiences and actions.
Although the works are rather traditionally structured figurative paintings, it is both conventional material handling and digital automation that animate their somewhat lurid and violent nature. My studio practice combines many processes including diorama construction, sculpting, digital imaging and observational painting techniques. The scale of the painted figure is generally greater than life-size, the palette highly saturated and the rectangle overloaded. These painterly qualities coupled with the incorporation of sculptural elements reinforce the intrusive content of the paintings. The three-dimensional forms push beyond the rectangle and allow the painted narrative to spill into the space of the viewer.
OIL ON CANVAS, POLYURETHANE FOAM, EPOXY RESIN, LATEX ENAMEL, 61 IN. X 78 IN. X 24 IN., 2015
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