Through this series I want to push the idea of figurative painting from what is immediately visible. An exploration of color relationships and the illusion of light begin to circumvent and overtake the centrality of the physical figure. I also use a form layering, transparency, and over exaggeration of color influenced by pop culture to distort the external figure in efforts to find what lies within the person and not was is obviously visible. This treatment of the human form is influenced by Alex Garant, Jenn Mann, Andrew Salgado, and David Hockney’s photo collages.
Recently, ideas related to the figure and the fluidity of their biology has taken a precedence. Pushing the human form into a language of abstraction, where the viewer begins to question if they are looking at one single figure or a multiple of figures. This questioning and exploration is a reflection of my own exploration of personal identity with both gender and sexuality.
Using illusion-like imagery navigated through a lens of pop culture, my work attempts to document a coming of age tale through my own lens of identity and self. Layering with patterning we are familiar with, to address our societies deceptive and flawed projections of gender and identity.