Edge of Chaos Series
The Edge of Chaos series, based on the theory of the same name, was inspired by experimenting with an organic way of creating relying on the “chaos” of the chemical reactions and the layers of collage materials being used. Ingredients may include acrylic paint, pencil, ink, alcohol inks, and sometimes more. The collage materials are collected from vintage magazines, books, old wallpaper, and the forgotten ephemera of the everyday and mundane. Each piece is created in multiple layers for a sense of depth and discovery. The most recent works of the series speaks to creating when a physical limitation is introduced into the artists work experience. How does the artist adapt and evolve to create when the detailed flourishes of the past work are no longer possible and a broader approach must be taken. In a finished piece, it is easy to overlook the physicality the piece required to be there. When the expression of that physicality changes, how does the work evolve?
Growing out of the Nostalgic Beauty Series is the simply titled Beauty Series. This work continues to explore different facets of beauty and femininity. From the fairytale to the city street, each portrait represents an idea of beauty that informs how we perceive women. In most of the portraits, the eyes are closed, expressing to the viewer that you can see this outer form, but, you don't know my thoughts, fears, loves and life.
Nostalgic Beauty Series
The inspiration for this series comes from my large collection of vintage hair styling magazines. Being in the Beauty industry for almost 20 years you see the absurdity and the advertising of "perfect" to women as a never ending song that is always playing in the background. Examining my relationship to this beauty propaganda and my part in it thru a whimsical approach and the bright colors of youth is at the heart of this series. Work is created with acrylic paint, beauty imagery, and found and created papers.