The definition of what constitutes “art” is an ethereal
concept. For me, “art” happens when the viewer, upon
gazing at the art object, is provoked on an emotional or visceral
level, either positivelyor negatively. It is entirely subjective..
As a painter, I hope to provoke a reaction
with my style and subject matter. My painting technique involves
the gluttonous use of color, strong flowing lines, and a sense of
movement. As for my choice of subject matter, I am currently inspired
by strong, powerful imagery of female sexuality and/or aggression
in contemporary and retro pop culture.
It’s my intention for my work to capture empowered female
sexual energy; energy that is joyful, uncensored, unapologetic,
or even threatening–not energy that is manipulated, victimized,
or presented merely for the viewer’s own pleasure.
What inspires me as an artist, and fascinates
me as a woman, is the contradictory messages women receive about
their sexuality in our culture. Female sexual imagery saturates
our culture, and female sexuality is often treated as commodity
or currency.Yet at the same time, there exists subtle and not-so-subtle
social control mechanisms to keep women from feeling too sexually
empowered. I am inspired by the concept of a woman being “too”–too
sexy, too predatory, too intense, too violent, too wild–but
with a sense of joyous abandon, revelry, shamelessness, and strength.
That is the energy I hope to capture on the canvas, each time I
step in front of my easel. Superheroines, supervillainesses, babes
with guns, and pin-up sex kittens.....Absolutely, there is beauty