My paintings contain elements of drawing and collage to create scenes that are often strange, surreal and sufficiently ambiguous to evoke the viewer’s imagined or projected meanings. I often use animals to represent different aspects of human traits, sensibilities and desires. My imagery emerges from everyday life, sometimes from a specific story or memory, but always charged with psychological, symbolic and surreal import. When creating these narratives I begin with the collage elements and take cues from them, painting and drawing over and around them, sometimes layer upon layer. I also use white kitchen-string (a little feminist communiqué back to the notion in art history that women's work was not as valuable as men's): sometimes connecting flower-minds; sometimes stitched in the background; always necessary and telling at least part of the story.
photo credit: Beck Kidd