“My work is derived from a combination of memory, fantasy and fiction, often drawing from Western folklore through the use of iconic characters. She is particularly interested in the duality of characters that represent American idealism, yet were often tragic figures in their actual lives. Much of her work is about exposing the reality behind these public façades.
I strive to create scenes through which the viewer can experience the influence or spell that timeless narratives can cast over our lives. These stories contain so many archetypes and subliminal messages which provide an endless source of inspiration. The juxtaposition of contemporary cultural views–exhibited through familiar subjects–with an idealized American society creates a Post-Utopia.
Playing with color is central to my process. I create candy-colored surfaces that are so sweet it’s sick, and incorporate colors sampled from vintage record covers. The contrast of sparkling rays and neon colors against weathered, dull tones acts as a metaphor for the duality within the characters. The appropriated images are drawn from film and amusement memorabilia, primarily from the 1950’s and 1960’s. I like this time period because the line quality of the drawings is minimal and the subjects are rich with American idealism.”