For the last several years, I have made mixed-media work, paintings, and sculpture using the image of a rabbit. The rabbit was a persona, a substitution for the self; a vehicle to extract emotions that had been buried deep. I intuitively sketched or sculpted the rabbit and then created an environment to place it within a space. In the beginning, these inhabited spaces were only layers of color, but soon they became rooms, and eventually evolved into landscapes.
As these environments developed into important elements in my work, I decided to revisit the spaces of my childhood. Whereas intuitive drawing had been a tool to extract buried emotions, photographs became a way to extract hazy or buried experiences. My oil-on-canvas paintings utilize photographic sources as symbols of a particular memory, rather than a visual record of a moment in time. While I begin by making a straightforward copy, as I work I alter or enhance the image to portray the psychological content of the memory, to either honor its existence or take away its power. By symbolically painting the emotions connected to my memories, I hope to trigger a response from the viewer, and establish a connection between my experience and theirs.
Inspired by museum and specimen collections, my current mixed media sculpture installations are exercises in making, collecting, and sheltering precious objects. What these objects are or what they represent is not always clear, allowing the viewer to make their own interpretations.
Utilizing photographic sources as a springboard, my current colored pencil drawings combine found images to create narratives which look back to Japanese Wood Block prints and the propaganda posters of WW2. Inspired by Radical Feminists such as John Stoltenberg and his ideas on manhood, pornography, and war, I hope to open doors for conversations about the relationships between misogyny and war.