Through an exploration of shiny, reflective materials including glitter and sequins and their seductive implications, my oil paintings, film and installations explore the concept of queer identity, complexities of female sexuality, and fantasy through the female lens. As an artist queer sexual psychopomp, I tell a story of desire and self-actualization through a radically nurturing relationship to my body and my being. Gratification of desires are driven by fantasies within the mind while navigating the nuances of my own sexuality. My aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of New Orleans Mardi Gras, the sweetness of Valentines Day cards, the steamy stolen glances at Dad’s hidden porno magazines, and the representation of the sexualized female body in historical European figure painting.
Materials including oil paints, luxurious fabrics, glitter, and sequins interlace to compose dream-like sexual affirmations. The surface attracts the viewer with the longing to come closer and calls into question what it means to desire something. The images depict light, reflections, sex toys, and the self-empowering female body through sexual expression. Enticement, yearning, and romance are offered through illusionisticly painted images including the soft focus and dramatic lighting of pornography. In contrast, a playful material exploration encompasses the picture plane with crafty adornments including patterns of glitter hearts or sequined jewels. The paintings become a neon sign glowing with the anticipation of sexual gratification and challenging those whose gaze to consider hedonistic impulses, repression, consumption, and sexual attraction.