The focus of my current body of work is to contrast organic forms and materials with simulated representations of nature and the body in order to highlight the increasing presence of fabricated imagery, material, and experiences accepted in present popular culture. The former set of materials is representative of the body and its symbiosis with elements of the Earth. The latter set is representative of Patriarchal attempts to control, re-structure, or replace these elements with synthetic alternatives, as defined by Ecofeminist philosophy which draws comparison between man’s toxic domination of nature and the historical subjection of women and vulnerable people. As synthetic alternatives to organic elements become increasingly normalized, we as a culture suffer disconnection from our bodies and from our natural environment. By creating spaces where both synthetic and organic materials integrate nearly to the point of indiscernibility, and alternate spaces where they oppose and contrast each other, I examine the resulting relationship while questioning its effect on our bodies, our environment, and our future.
The formal elements used to represent nature and the body include abstract figurative shapes, raw and felted wool, cotton fabric, raw muslin, and pressed flowers. Those materials are crossed with acrylic paint, epoxy resin, vague floral silhouettes, clear vinyl, plastic objects, and several commercial fabrics which make up the opposing fabricated elements. Fabric digitally printed with kaleidoscopic collages is used as a backdrop in most of the pieces and reflects both the organic, with floral and figurative imagery, and attempts to control the organic, with perfect order and symmetry. The resulting works are medium scale, mixed media paintings with large figurative shapes interrupting multi-layered patterns, all created with imagery in various degrees of removal from its original form.
Fabricated and controlled representations of the body and nature have created a distorted view of our relationship to our own bodies and natural environment. By creating both tensions and harmonies, I bring to focus the symbiosis between the figurative forms and organic materials, and also the disruptive or restrictive potential of synthetic alternatives.