What is your background?
Born in Connecticut in 1978, I studied Poetry and Geography and later went on to do my post-baccalaureate in Painting in Florence, Italy. I’ve traveled a lot and am currently based in Paris, France.
What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to be personal and intimate by diving into my own experiences but also laying bare the experiences of another. I am interested in the subconscious realm and our collective consciousness. I want to be moved by my own work in the sense that my emotion is physically represented in a raw and truthful way.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
Regarding the paintings of breastfeeding women, I used my own journey as a mother and a mom who is breastfeeding to produce paintings that best speak the realities of trying to care for another with my body. As women, we are at a loss when we are not supporting each other and living among one and other and for one and other. We need to share with each other the difficulties and important aspects regarding nurturing our children and ourselves. Often the image of a breastfeeding mother is rather a romantic loving picture of a woman gazing down at her infant, but the reality of breastfeeding is way more complicated and I've learned that the difficulties of the journey are often not shared, which is not to our collective benefit. Our current administration is launching an attack on breastfeeding, going so far as blackmailing poorer countries to eliminate language in policy regarding the importance of breastfeeding. I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, but more importantly for women and our choice to not be dictated by men and their money profiting business concerns. Woman need to join together, bearing our truths, and banding together as a community so that we may rise out of this patriarchal dictatorship.
Regarding my small daily series of portraits, I see them as a call to empathy and understanding. Rather than just painting one sex or one race that I identify with, I am interested in the variety of facial expressions and representations of emotions through all people. I would like the viewer to recognize themselves through the emotion represented by the portrait. It is my opinion that our current social dilemma is largely related to how we are growing further and further from one and other, we are isolated, self-concerned, and losing our curiosity and empathy for one and other.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by women?
Well, the statistics still show that women are less represented in galleries and in the art market. I am not a huge fan of saying that I am a woman artist. In general, I don't like having any adjective to compartmentalize me. I want to be identified as an artist, simply in one word.
How do you want to be perceived in the art scene?
I would like to perceived as an artist that is digging within to speak to the viewer. I never want my work to seem contrived or to become a brand. It should be ever evolving with me, and it should be honest.
Paris - France