What is your background?
I'm 22, Originally from Dallas Texas, and currently living in Chicago, and finishing my BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I mostly have done painting, sculpture, and installation and recently started running the apartment gallery, z1 gallery, where I've directed three shows so far.
What does your work aim to say?
What it boils down to is showing that I'm genuine. This is the most important aspect of my work.
I want my paintings to display a sense of ownership and confidence to the viewer. I think I emulate this ownership through bright colors that combat aggressive mark-making and the large scale of my work. Especially as a woman artist, I find that what my paintings depict show that I can be tough and crazy while setting and following examples of others who do the same. Whether my paintings contain pictorial structures or total abstraction; they all have a sense of bodily and physical movement in them. When I'm in the studio, I am often completely covered in paint, and I couldn't care less. Not being afraid of how I look or what I paint gives me a sense of empowerment that lines with my practice, something I can't describe.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by women?
Though I think there has been much improvement and more acknowledgment of how women, whether artist or involved within the art market, are treated. However, you still find double standards among men and women. I think women tend to not be regarded as highly as men at times which results in more successful male artist then female.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Whenever I come across a bad-ass female artist, for me personally, I get so much more excited about them. When I first started painting, I was really into abstract-expressionism, which is extremely male-dominated. Now that I mostly look at contemporary painters, I find much more woman artist (a couple being Joyce Pensato, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, and Judy Ledgerwood). Whenever I do find one, especially one that works with an emphasis on physicality and aggression, they tend to stick with me as an artist much more since they are female. I think if you find some success as a female artist, you become really inspiring to emerging and beginning female artists. The more people are inspired, the more they will spread and advocate feminism.
How do you feel perceived in the art scene?
I think right now I'm too early in my career to know how I'm fully perceived. I think I'm pretty outgoing and try to be involved with the community of artists that I'm in, so, for now, I just hope people see that and take something positive from it.
Chicago - USA