My paintings are an exploration of feminist critique, self-identity, and aesthetics through a humorous lens. Using large, colorful abstraction and representation, I create playful paintings that examine gender roles, female agency, and self expression.
Much of my work has been inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, an art style defined by its gestural marks and bold confidence. Like most of art history, it was exceedingly male-dominated and exclusionary; however, I am working to recontextualize Abstract Expressionism to fit my perspective as a young, feminist woman of color. I juxtapose the historical associations of Abstract Expressionism with my identity to explore the ways in which I present myself to others and to poke fun at existing power structures in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
My representational work is an eye-catching look at how I relate social critique to humor; this idea has also influenced my abstractions as I purposefully use vibrant color to create excitement. Humor is important to this body of work not only because it is central to my personality, but because it can be used subversively to rethink societal hierarchies. While I want my work to be light-hearted, I am also asking the viewers to think about the broader context of what they find humorous.