I make paintings that explore femininity, feminine power, and the precariousness of the female body. My work is loosely representational, and I include recognizable elements such as flowers, vessels, and bodily limbs. My intention is to hint at the female body rather than depict it in full, and I use formal disruptive strategies such as blurring, overlapping, and lose brushwork to destabilize my images. I see these strategies as being an act of resistance against traditional—and masculine—modes of painting. By presenting my viewer with paintings that are at once feminine, destabilized, and aggressive, I seek to consider feminine power as a source for revolution.
It’s difficult to separate the innate qualities of femininity from those prescribed by American culture—qualities that are so caught up in expectations of beauty and a relinquishing of power. However, I see femininity as a shared vulnerability and precariousness defined by the high rate of violence upon the female body. In my paintings, I reference this precariousness through the inclusion of drips, layering, quick color shifts, and a sense that the image is falling apart. It is a sort of quiet alarm: something is not right.
We’re in a cultural moment that feels like it’s moving forward and backward at the same time. So many bodies are precarious and at risk of harm. There is a sense that the old ways will soon lose power, and I believe that a feminine power will take root—a power that is defined by vulnerability but not felled by it. My intention is to imbue my paintings with a sense of this power. It’s something brewing, lush, sensuous, and ready to make change.