My current work is a conversation about the chaos and often less-than-picturesque realities of motherhood. I am fascinated with the ways in which our society portrays highly idealized versions of the motherhood experience with a fictitious level of perfection. As a mother of two, I have come to realize that this perfection is at times rare and more often non-existent. I have no interest in pretending that being a mother has been nothing but wonderful. I choose to instead embrace the chaos. Further, I have no desire for my work to be pretty because reality is not always pretty.
Through my paintings, I capture the daily realities of motherhood, un-idealized. My work is about scenes of my daily life as a mother. I tend to work very large as I have found that the larger I work, the more of myself and my emotions I can fit into the paintings. The larger works allow my entire body to become part of the painting process and to be able to actually alleviate some of the stress of being a parent through the paint. My use of bold, black outlining combined with scraped, gritty surfaces and dramatic colors are also both in response to the often idealized, traditional motherhood art and also my way of better expressing the true chaos of the motherhood experience.
In many of my paintings I have made the decision to eliminate the actual figure of the child and instead put emphasis on the traces they leave behind. Sometimes the work can be more about them when they are not there. It therefore becomes more about the mess and the residue that follow everywhere they go. My work is like a crime scene where the viewer must discern what happened based on what is left behind.
All artwork is for sale unless otherwise listed.