My most recent oil paintings evolve from a particular desire for refuge and a focus on what makes us vulnerable. Utilizing imagery that includes my own body, hummingbirds, bullseyes, and even a dressmaker’s dummy, I seek to create a space where these symbolic pictures can interact and elevate my pieces from the personal to the universal. The hummingbird serves as a visual metaphor for myself; a change from earlier raven images, denoting my more frenetic pace and a sense of inner chaos. The bullseye acts as both a target and a protector; in one painting seemingly a shield, while in another, a place to shoot. Obsessively drawn and painted dots and hatch marks speak to the reckoning of time and the exertion of control over unknown outcomes. The collection of these and other images are often familiar, sometimes disquieting, and central to my story. New characters are added that enrich my visual narrative while also moving me forward to a place of greater understanding.
Oil paint is an excellent vehicle for me to convey this emotional depth. Through multiple glaze layers, complex surface textures, and a dedication to color, I juxtapose image and technique in an attempt to connect in some visceral way with my viewer. I’m not tied to having my exact experiences interpreted, but rather, I hope to stimulate dialogue and reflection that leads to a deeper looking.