At a glance my practice could be described simply as vintage feminist pop art with a Latin American color palette. However, the themes I aim to address are more intricate and I found the process frustrating as these are frustrating and personal subject matters – sexuality, gender roles, and my relationship with other women.
My mantra of making the political more personal has led me to tell autobiographical stories about my experiences with womanhood that I position adjacent to and in the midst of broader societal issues. I was concerned about the risk of proclaiming a broad yet shallow statement, but I think that this personal element has brought depth and intimacy.
I am comfortable using myself as a subject in my own stories, but I like using loved ones as they are a part of me as well. Producing this work has helped me have a sense of humor about my experiences and I hope to share means of catharsis with anyone who can relate. I appropriate the bold aesthetic and transparent format of propaganda posters as I appreciate the retro imagery and want to explore these issues in their historical context.
My use of multiple mediums alongside painting developed out of my appreciation for photography, videography and collage. I like how they can interact with each other to produce an image greater than the sum of its parts, just as the senses combined can produce an experience beyond straightforward sight or sound. I feel that artists should not be limited to a single medium, especially as the boundaries of painting are always evolving.