Artist’s Statement

I primarily a mixed media artist from Santa Cruz California. I hold an Associate’s degree in Art History from Cabrillo College, a Bachelor’s degree in Art History with an emphasis in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Education with a focus in Art at Humboldt State University. In my studio practice I work in a variety of mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pyrography, resin, screen printing, monotype printmaking, airbrush, wood working, glass fusion and collage. The subject matter of my work is as varied as my mediums. I often take on commissions for tattoo design and work doing temporary body art, particularly face/body paint and henna. The nature of my work is symptomatic of modernity. The effect of the complete saturation of imagery in contemporary life is translated in my work. I am concerned with subject matter such as flora and fauna, portraiture and landscape. I am as inspired by tattoo and skate art as I am by Art History and the natural world. In order to pay homage to the masters in my art I am establishing an apparent lineage of influence from antiquity to modernity. From Fine Art to Low-Brow, I occupy the space in between. This fluidity allows me to follow my visual and creative instincts and to work not for a particular audience, but to pander to my own whims and appreciations. The representation of women and women artists in visual art and in art history is a life-long vested interest of mine.

This concern is present in my studio work as well as the topic of my Master’s project. I am currently composing the project, collecting and synthesizing the relevant literature and devising methods for data collection. My topic is how to address the cultural problem of unequal representation of genders in visual art history and studio practices. I will design a feminist aesthetics and theory-based curriculum for advanced secondary art education that seeks to balance the lack of exposure to women artists while meeting the state of California’s Visual Arts Standards. I plan to investigate the issue by conducting historical-analytical qualitative research and quantitative survey-based research. The findings of this research will defend or refute my hypothesis that this phenomenon is both extant and problematic. In my work I seek to address this issues by treating the representation of women with respect and reverence. I represent women as deities or holders of power and magic. My current body of work is a form of goddess worship accompanied with the practice of a type of spell-work called binding. In my paintings I ‘bind’ places, people, object and memories to protect and seal them from harm. I do this by enveloping my subjects and their environments in imagined textile-like patterns. The work of hand-painting these patterns is meditative and ritualistic. I view my finished works as magical objects and spells in-and-of themselves. I often construct altars and give offerings to the works, displaying them as spaces of worship as well as works of art.