I have narcolepsy and have a special relationship with my bed. It has changed over time. I used to have realistic night-terrors in high school, but now in my middle age, I welcome my sleep and my dreams as a time of healing and rejuvenation. This series explores people's relationship with their bed and their dreams.
I call this series conundrums because it's hard to decipher what is really going on in the scenes. The title of the paintings play off of two different scenarios. Sometimes our perspectives blind us to reality. It's important to step back and observe a situation or individual before coming to a judgement.
These paintings are my interpretation and design for Tarot cards. Sometimes, in life, we feel lost and need some reassurance or validation about what actions or in-actions we should take. Each painting has a message for the viewer, so if a specific painting calls out to you, you should listen to its message.
These paintings and painted furniture were created during my summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
These works contain a lot of symbolism and metaphors that relate to my perception of the human body, soul, and behavior. Some of the work is about human nature: our social persona, how we cover-up our pain or guilt to others, and how we feed our loneliness with materials.
The other work displays a metaphor between the human body and machines. Liquid gold-leaf was added as accents to a lot of the work. (I am a big fan of Gustav Klimt.)
Masters of Intrigue
This collection of paintings is whimsical with dramatic lighting and bold colors. Most of the figures are inspired by Commedia dell'arte characters, and there is an intertwined atmosphere of masquerades, Carnival, and Mardi Gras celebration.
This is a collection of paintings portraying various religious deities ranging from Egyptian to Greek mythology. The paintings of Egyptian gods: Ra, Sekhmet, and Nekhbet have bodies and attire fashioned after late 1500s to 1800s.
Although these paintings might seem silly and absurd now with the portrayal of animal-headed humans dressed in dated attire, the people who believed in these gods or dressed in these fashions would have had a different opinion. That is to say, not one society's religious beliefs or dressing habits should be judged as better or worse.
In the end, we all are the same, just trying to survive and make sense of our current times.
Dirty Sex Suits
“Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes” ~ John Donne
The spirits are leaving their temporarily given body "suits" through a zipper. The title of each painting is derived from well-known fashion designers. I wanted to contrast the material and spiritual realms in the paintings. The material world is earthy, raw, sexual, heavy, sculpted, and realistic. In contrast, the spiritual world is bright and shiny gold leaf-painted designs.
Dreamers & Make Believers
These paintings are of actors, musicians, and movie characters. They have boldly close-up figures, dramatic lighting, and vivid colors.
These paintings and illustrations were created for my senior show at the University of Wisconsin. They contain a lot of symbolism about human nature, our odd traditions, and the yearning to conform.
These figures are all dressed up with no where to go, waiting for something exciting to happen. I guess that's how I felt when I created these. I was at a stand still, ready for action but disappointed and frustrated because nothing was coming.