Cell Division (diptych), oil on canvas, 40x60 inches, 2014, $3150
In my life-sized figurative paintings, I use energetic brushwork, hot colors, and layers of painted flesh to explore the human body as a changeable, growing force. The systems that comprise our bodies are a microcosm of motion, rhythm, transfer, cycle, and repair that work together to sustain the spark of life. Through these same processes, our bodies instinctively know how to regenerate. Flesh is only birthed out of flesh. It is an age-old process.
I present the core of the body as an active, blooming force. Hot oranges and reds dominate the surface as fleshy forms grow up and out from within, pushing the boundaries of internal and external. Varying layers of thick, wet brushwork build up the figure as layers of flesh and form comprise the human body. Figures can be seen merging and being birthed out of other figures.
By creating these works life-sized, I want the paintings to unashamedly confront the viewer, to make them aware of their own body in the cycle of flesh. My aim is to question our primal connection to our own bodies as well as our connection to each other through flesh.