My artwork explores the American ideal of individualism from both a personal and contemporary feminist perspective. Points of reference are various essays and journals, from 19th Century American Renaissance writers, poets and artists to personal blogs that proliferate the internet. My main medium is photographic silkscreen printing, but my approach to printmaking is that of a painter. I rarely make editions of my prints, concentrating more on creating “unique” prints that involve many layers, sometimes up to 30 printed and reprinted layers of images, patterns and color. No two prints are ever alike. My practice is heavily reliant on the infinite ways color and form interact to create and redefine meaning.
My most recent body of work uses camouflage patterns as metaphor to explore cultural identity. Specifically, as an exploration of dualities in nature and in a person’s life. What we choose to hide and what we choose to reveal about ourselves. Within the shapes that make-up the camouflage design, I insert patterns and images culled from 19th Century engravings, botanical illustrations, vintage political magazines, and contemporary popular culture.
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