I struggle with the notion of what a woman is. My work explores what it means to be a woman and the struggle to understand all that entails. Motherhood opened a world within me that is both painful and empowering. Causing me to reevaluate the roles I have resisted and submitted to, and how I see myself as a woman. Experiencing my daughter’s adolescence has awoken memories, causing a deep reflection on how our childhood shapes us as women, and the role vulnerability plays in our development.
BLUR: Unraveling the Feminine, Masculine, and Everything In-between
The notions of feminine and masculine causing a trance, resulting in a preconceived ideas of femininity. Keenly aware of how much the outside world has dictated our choices. She is a mother, a rebel, a brut, and a temptress; her body is an expression of her genetics but does not define her. She liberates herself from old ideas; she releases herself from needing to find new ones. This is a declaration of separation from all outside governing parties to determine her worth and responsibilities. She is willing to walk alone, knowing she is never alone. She is a sister amongst many.
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020
Over time, her environment has informed what she should look like, act like, and want. At the time of her becoming, she discovers she must unravel, pick apart, and separate her relationship with the natural world from everything else that has led her astray.
One of the most challenging paintings I’ve done recently. This puzzle took almost two years to solve.
Inspired by Nicole Weaver and Kim Stewart
“She Remembers Everything”
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020
“Finding Another Way”
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020 In Cheri and Neal Collection
Looking at the way girls and women challenge the barriers they face. From discrimination to lack of resources, women have a long history of making shit happen regardless of being told they can’t. Strong, resilient, and wise, women will find ways around systems that hold them back.
Inspired by Adrienne, Carolyn Crist Wright, and Be Boggs.
“Innocence as a Privilege”
Acrylic on canvas, 55 x 55″, 2019
Remembering feelings of profound loss as the adult world begins pushing itself at her while she is still in the fog of her juvenescence. Now, she questions her innocence? Will she have the right to choose? How will the pace of her maturity affect her longterm development?
“What Does it Mean To Be A Woman”
Sample draft for art film 2021
What Does it Mean to Be A Woman is an art film taken from 30 zoom interviews intended to encourage meaningful conversation that exposes fuller gender representation—providing a platform for perspectives and experiences to shape our collective future.
ARCHIVE OF OLDER WORK
“Where Do We Go From Here”
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″, 2018 In the CHIRP Collection
An interpretation of a photo from 1967: Shelly Covert being held by Grandpa Ralph, her mother Ginger (Virginia) Lee Rose-Covert and her father. ‘Nisem humwa’a’ is Nisenan for > my family is from my heart or, my heart is drawn to my family (exact translation is difficult).
Completed with permission from the Covert family, this painting expresses the significance of indigenous people to a their community. How the American dream has played a roll in their development as a tribe externally and internally. This painting is a gift to the Covert family.
ARCHIVE OF DRAWINGS
Charcoal and pencil on paper, 2016
This piece came from the Becoming A Better Sinner series.