Original paintings & drawings
University of Louisville May, 2020
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Art, Minor in Spanish
Studio and Gallery space
Studio Member at Artists' Attic, Lexington KY
ABOUT THE WORK
A major theme that resonates throughout my work is the expression of femininity. I am particularly interested in challenging the traditional portrayal of women in oil paintings, which is historically one of delicacy and domesticity. Beyond this, my work explores the different manifestations of femininity and masculinity in the modern era, and how such expressions mark a sharp turn from prior conceptions of gender and sexuality.
I primarily work with oil paint on canvas, in addition to acrylic paint, gold leaf, fabric and other mixed media. I also create wearable art on repurposed clothing and I am an emerging muralist.
I derive much of my conceptual inspiration from the events -- personal and socio-political -- that define my life. I consider having a deep understanding of the broader political context of our world imperative to my art (hence the Political Science degree). Visually speaking, I am inspired by the beautiful and unique people I encounter everyday, many of whom are the models or references for my work. I enjoy capturing the richness and complexity of skin tones and the beauty of the human body in all it's various forms.
I believe that art not only reflects life, but defines it as well. I hope to use my work to effect positive societal change, not only by putting forth beautiful and visually captivating work, but by creating an atmosphere that encourages civil dialogue and critical thinking.
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