My artwork is a reflection of experiences as a woman in a metropolitan area, connecting memories and emotions full circle. Primarily working in two dimensional media, my favorite materials include oil paints, inks, and soft pastel. These materials have a natural flow in their consistency and depth to their pigments. I will often combine inks, pencils, and papers to achieve an illustrative quality to my sketches inspired from architectural rendering. I focus on rhythm and pattern throughout my work, taking inspiration Gustav Klimt’s shapes and forms in his backgrounds.
Through portraiture, I seek to portray the internal emotions, thoughts, and aura of a woman through a feminist lens. This can be seen in my oil painting, Woman in Oil, and my pastel drawing, A Portrait of a Woman. As Frida Kahlo said, “I am the subject I know best.” When I draw myself, I am meditating on who I currently am. Through the study of my own facial structure, I am seeking to push my skill further. In the future, I will explore portraying other women who are closest to me; I know their experiences have influenced mine and together our stories speak to other women.
To fully narrate my story, inspired by the 1950’s movement of Psychogeography, I drift through Milwaukee and sort through my journey. I photograph, sketch, write about my walks before later creating representational work in the studio. The final product is not necessarily realistic, but more surreal, as best seen in One Way. Drifting connects my memories, allows me to confront past journeys, some uncomfortable and some nostalgic. I suppose in a way these works too are a portrait of the city. The combination of my feminist portraiture and city portraiture create a narration that is uniquely mine.