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My painting, sculpture and installation take the craziness of motherhood and environmental destruction to create something beautiful.
In my large paintings, I am drawn to the wilt and decay of dried flowers and am constantly amazed at how they are able to maintain such beauty. The twisted, gnarled mass of floral vegetation mimics what I think about while painting. Smaller works, that I created directly from the landscape during the pandemic, record the unsettled beauty during this time.
My paintings represent gardens that are strong and layered, able to grow, come apart, and then come together again during the process. I’m drawn to the physicality of paint. I work to preserve the rawness of the canvas and my original drawing by combining areas of thick and thin. In some pieces washes fluidly explode out from the center of the canvas with globs of “paint flowers” growing on top. In others, it appears as if the painting itself is dripping and falling down. In all my works the compositions are simultaneously blooming and breaking apart.
My sculptures and installations use all of the debris from my house and studio, including old kids’ clothes, paint globs, packing peanuts, rags, pieces of old projects, and gloves. There is a beautiful richness to these materials, which are otherwise considered trash. I want the work to feel alive: simultaneously growing and decaying.