My intention through my art is to inspire the viewer with a sense of wonder and possibility as I share my inner imaginative world with them. I often tagline my work on social media with the words, “Bring your imagination and stay awhile.” As the title of our exhibit A Dream of Stranger Worlds suggests, my work revolves around dreams and imaginative worlds. In this body of work, I explored the human figure in relation to space and narrative. My vision is to imbue my work with feelings of escapism and visuals of symbolism, making connections between lighter imaginative stories and deeper real-world meanings.
I enjoy working in a surrealistic style, combining the fantastical with the familiar, and sharing narratives and dreamy landscapes from my imagination. I am interested in expressing the moment when our perception of reality ends and daydreaming begins. To evoke the subconscious mind and our imaginations, I utilize an enriched palette of bold colors and a strong contrast between light and shadow. Nature plays an important role in my work, either as the grounding point in contrast to the imagination, or as the launching point and aid into exploring worlds unknown. Imagery of a night sky filled with stars is a common visual often running through my work. I believe that even as our imagination allows us to escape from our everyday problems, it also allows us to create a safe space to work through our real-life dilemmas in safe and creative ways. I hope to bring this sense of safe space for dreaming to others.
My “Unzipped” series, comprised of three pieces titled “Hear No Evil” “Speak No Evil” “See No Evil,” combines jarring surrealist images with feminist art concepts. These pieces touch upon the strains of moral expectation in society, in particular, on women. Women have experienced, perhaps since the beginning of time, so many specific, unnerving, and even ridiculous rules and expectations. These pieces express a breaking out into feminine power, reclaiming voice, strength, and autonomy.
The opening reception was fabulous!
Here is a short video walkthrough of the exhibit:
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