Queen, 2017, oil on canvas, 72 x 48"
Does the experience of objectification change the anatomy of the object? What does that Iook like through the eyes of the object herself? Sometimes we talk about how it feels--emotionally--to be colonized, but I reflect on how it feels--physically. Ones relationship with their own body is complicated. The body is a medium through which we engage the world, but it is far from transparent. lt is not constant or unalterable. It is not simply a lens. Culture helps shape our medium: alters its texture. Personal histories restructure its architecture. lts scent intermingles with others and its color reflects and refracts its environment. ltend to intellectualize my experiences just like anybody. Making art has always been a process about learning for me. I make art about what l do not understand. Sometimes that leads me to a deeper knowing, but not necessarily to an intellectual understanding. Psycho-visceral introspection is the well from which all of my work springs. I love materials and treat them as an extension of the body. Exploring paint and other media parallels my probing of emotional and physical feeling and memory. Making art provides the opportunity to give visual form to the nuanced and unspeakable. Sampling the observable world, imagery from mainstream media and my own mental catalogue of visuals, I assemble figures, objects and environments that embody the thrilling or tumultuous relationship between the self and her body.