drawings

These drawings are inspired by my interest in the relationship between language and images and how words can be used to support or subvert visual narratives. Some tackle themes of love and motherhood, others allude to social mores and political correctness. All endeavor to tweak expectations with pointed sarcasm and levity.

This work is influenced by graffiti, vintage advertisements, illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books, which I read as a child (usually “instructive” novels for young girls). I appropriate vintage images and “re-place” the playful, appealing figures, adding text and small visual discrepancies, shifting the drawings from lighthearted towards something darkly humorous.  Alluding to the childhood stories, the drawing surface is built with layered vintage book pages and then “distressed,” similar to stratified graffiti and torn signage of city walls.

Depictions of children are generally seen and understood as simple, innocent, cute or precious. I use this cuteness as a lure to draw viewers in to see text that conflicts with or subverts the apparent visual narrative. In doing so, my intention is to encourage people to question what exactly they are looking at, both in the work itself and their perception of the world around them.

i could like you for money, graphite, paint and gold leaf on book pages, image courtesy of the collection of Yuri Psinakis

Images from top left: Big Wave, 7″x10″  paint and graphite on book pages, image courtesy private collection; you want to hit this? 8″x10″ paint and graphite on book pages, image courtesy private collection; i would never touch you otherwise, 18″x24″ paint and graphite on book pages, image courtesy of the collection of Chris Lehtonen & Kelly Sherman; do you smell fish? 5″x9″ paint, graphite and gold leaf on book pages, image courtesy private collection; whatever, 24″x30″ paint and graphite on book pages, image courtesy of the collection of David & Catherine Kroes; i love my bunny and my bunny loves me, 25″x39″ paint and graphite on book pages, image courtesy private collection

 

Images from top left: eventually everyone settles, 9.5″x9.5″ paint, graphite and beeswax on book pages; Untitled pop up (in progress), 6″x10″x5″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book; the time of life is short, 8″x10″x7″ mirrored box, paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book; pop up (detail) sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc (we gladly feast on those who would subdue us) paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book; i do not want you, 7″x7.25″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book; you ruined my life, 18.5″x18.5″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper; the innocent, 24″x36″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper; i’m bigger thats why, 3″x6″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper; i don’t feel so good, 4″x6″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper

Images from top left: pretty bird, 4″x4″ mixed media on paper; oh hurry up already, 24″x36″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper;  you’re no fun, 8″x 9.5″ paint, graphite, gold leaf and vintage book on paper; nimble fingers, 9″x11″ mixed media on wood panel; dandelion girl,  9″x11″ mixed media on wood panel; watcher,  9″x11″ mixed media on wood panel

 


 

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