The perfect and imperfect way that media synthesizes creates a narrative that is both personal and particular to my reality. I am presently focused on how different media can come together to create one final piece. The process is just as important to me as the outcome. I am working with mixed media techniques, focusing mostly on encaustic painting, collage, and traditional oil painting on various surfaces. My process always starts out abstracted, and then becomes more specific as the piece is developed. I consider myself to be an experimental artist. I am always looking for new media to try, and eager to learn new techniques.
The content of my work draws upon the work of feminist artists before me, such as Judy Chicago, and adds to the growing number of feminist works in the post-identity period. My artwork is heavily influenced by my liberal upbringing, and the experiences and privileges that have shaped my personal reality. A central theme in all of my pieces is gender and how it shapes the entirety of our lives; my art often deals with the experience of women and nonbinary trans individuals. As a woman and a sexual minority I have often questioned how fragile and superficial the gender binary, and scripts are. My background in sociology has formed my strong opinions of gender expression and the importance of gender equality and liberation. I have an educated feminist outlook on the systemic and institutional practices of gender performance, and comment on the odd and harmful ‘blue and pink’ world I live in.
The artist, Alyssa Monks, and the traditional figurative oil paintings from Western culture heavily influence the technical skills of my work. I use technique and Old Master practices to achieve a sense of realism with the human figure. This is important because I relate the body to gender expression and gender nonconformity using various techniques and media.
I paint because I have a story to tell. Every piece I create is a unique look into my own human experience.