Artist Statement

I create paintings that question political and social dilemmas in a dysfunctional society. I collect insight on issues that include gender equality, social conduct, and the social structures that govern contemporary American culture. In my work, I use a wide range of source materials to create compositions that amplify these subjects. As an observer, I juxtapose images of people and places in my paintings to initiate conversations about the issues I care about most. For instance, in my painting An End to Miss Piggy I depict a childlike piggy bank to symbolize adolescence and the price differences between feminine products versus masculine products. The accessories decorated onto the piggy bank characterize expectations about appearance that girls are subjected to when growing up. In my sketchbooks, I record information on topics that I find essential while my observations and documentations steer my next body of work.