My process of painting involves building a skin. This skin is not smooth, but scabbed and rough with imperfections. Using acrylic and mixed media, I methodically build up the surfaces of my paintings with layers of printed ephemera – the verbal and numerical information I could never retain in memory, along with found shreds of plastics and trash. I embalm these cluttered visual systems of data with washes of muted colors as an attempt to bury chaos and personal decay in a modest film of restraint.
I am interested in the coexisting narratives of exposure, protection, isolation and ecology sublimated as the information under the skin of my paintings are covered and brought back to the surface. One’s emotional reality is tied to the social constructs of gender, and my subject matter is vulnerable and tries to hide behind facades to protect against the slightest sting.