What does your work aim to say?
I feel like my paintings have been a way to medicate. My own way of making sense of all of my thoughts and feelings. Each piece is a part of my story. It’s a moment in time made visual. My art is how I process everything that has happened and is happening in my life. What I love about the abstract nature of the pieces is that is allows for my work to speak to others, and it can speak to them about entirely different things than what inspired me.
How do you want to be seen?
I would love to be seen as a dynamic artist. There are so many artistic avenues to explore and identities to take on. My interests and mediums have changed vastly as time has gone on. So much of my work is reflective of my life, and I see myself as constantly evolving.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
So much of art comes from emotion, and women are so wonderfully emotionally complex. The depth of emotion and emotional understanding women have is a huge advantage. Whether that is the ability to empathize with others and create art that speaks to masses, or understanding our own emotions and putting those into moving pieces. As women are gaining more and more power and equality I think we are in a position now to be emotional and vulnerable. I believe there is a lot of strength and bravery in being raw and vulnerable, and I have tremendous respect for the women who share that through their art.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Just like in any field I think female artists have to work especially hard to gain credibility and to be treated fairly. While the cultural landscape is absolutely changing there are still obstacles in place for women that are not in place for men. With that being said, I really believe that women are in a very unique position art and across all fields actually. I’m a firm believer the sisterhood. I see no downside in empowering and supporting another woman. As women are gaining more and more power and equality I think we are in a position now to pull each other up.
San Diego - USA