‘Remaking the Goddess’
I paint struggle between duality. In this series, I combine formal abstraction with figuration by merging physical gestures with ambiguous anatomy. I blur the identity of my figures and elevate their actions. They are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. Physical distortions convey the power of internal and external forces. I mix sand and sawdust with paint, then apply it with bursts of energy balanced by constrained movement. This results in a give-and-take of shape, color, and texture. While I revel in human anatomy through repeated drawing, many impulsive and disjointed elements persist. On the surface, my paintings are the physical process of formal abstraction. With a closer look, the competing figures suggest physical and psychological struggles with an uncertain outcome.