On the Horizon

It’s that time again, when I am busy preparing for the MFA residency and exhibition. This residency is different because, I am graduating!

July 1st, stills from animation, 2021

I created an animation from gouache paintings along with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I am happy with it. I am eager to share it. My work has evolved into a more informed, intentional practice. Next month I will present an artist talk. I’ll keep you posted regarding that info as the date is solidified.

I finished my process paper. It is being edited with a fine toothed comb. As soon as it is ready, it will be printed and published it here. I used InDesign to format it. It is an easy but boring read. Honestly, the bulk of it was written 6 months ago. I relied heavily on my annotations from the first 3 semesters. I am proud of the bibliography. I recommend most of the texts.

My artist statement:

In the past, I have used painting as a meditation or a vehicle for self-exploration. Be it my anxiety related to class, gender construction, or master narratives in general, my paintingshave explored still-life (nature morte) as a way to disrupt or pause the provocations of the cultural moment.

After studying the historical and cultural baggage associated with painting, I wanted to incorporate a more accessible medium into my art practice. The events of this last have only served to elevate my concerns related to social inequity even more so. Digital animation offers me a readily available way to share ideas to maintain my passion for the process of painting whilst sharing my ideas with a larger more accessible audience. I use animation to approach these concerns through the serious work of play, which resulted in silliness, whim, and irony.

This body of work is the culmination of documenting my experience as a mother and educator. I began this work by exploring the joy and love for my life alongside  the uncertainty of the future. By adding digital “suggestions” to my fully-rendered paintings of domestic imagery, I look to build a narrative where courage and connection can exist within a field of despair and uncertainty.

Thank you for following my journey. Art belongs to everyone!

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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