In a spirit both feminist and punk, my work challenges divisions between high art, decoration, and illustration. I interweave motifs from disparate genres and time periods—from Old Master history painting to Persian miniatures—to create temporally ambiguous settings for strange and surprising interactions among people, animals, and hybrid creatures.
My visual narratives counter historical representations of the figure in painting, namely white bodies performing conventional gender roles. Instead, I populate my work with people from diverse backgrounds. To dismantle gendered hierarchies long embedded in our visual culture, I insert feminine or camp motifs—flowers, unicorns, and fairies, for example—into traditionally masculine genres. The presence of monsters and mythic beings further suggests that these are spaces where identity is fluid.
While fantastical, the environs I depict are not purely imaginary—they stage a return of the repressed. I explore themes and techniques purged from art history on grounds of good taste, and I conjure the magic that has been expunged from the rationalist, technocratic logic of our lived reality. However, the resulting spaces are far from utopian. I foreground power relations as well as the protean vulnerability of the individual body and psyche. By reflecting the pervasive role of violence in our socio-political sphere, I represent fraught encounters in which the identities of perpetrator and victim are rarely clear.
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Colour and Composition
Providing Art Critiques
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Artist Statement & CV
Shows and Exhibits
Marketing and Branding
For Emerging Artists
Am I An Emerging Artist?
As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style.
You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.
Now you're ready to take it to the next level!
YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:
- art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
- selling - learn how to sell your artwork
- building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
- earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
- how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
- business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
- production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
- art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer
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