Our bodies visually represent who we are.
It determines the interaction with our environment.
It determines our gender, our racial background, where we come from.
I paint skin and flesh because it represents the very surface of all of us, the clothing of our souls. Sexuality, the clothing of our gender. living in a world where everything is measured in increments of power; sex equals power.
All my work deals with issues of identity and belonging. Since I am a woman the subject of sexuality and the female body is a source of constant preoccupation; because I am an artists the subject of perception is a predominant interest. There is always distortion in perception of ourselves, it is a daily struggle. The differences that exist between who we are mentally, who we are physically and the perception of minds, is a struggle. To perceive ourselves in totality we must look through multiple filters.
There is something so arresting about a deformed body, that brings me back, causes me to stare shamelessly like watching a car crash.
But I don't want to create horrible paintings, I want to create beautiful ones. Though I am aiming for a very specific kind of beauty: the kind where the grotesque and beautiful are aligned, paintings that carry within them a certain danger.