Icons & Ceremony (2009-2011)
This work explores notions of gender, ethnic identity and power. It depicts female subjects in imagined spaces or environments composed of urban exteriors, religious interiors, everyday objects and emotionally charged talismans. These spaces are fantastical elaborations on metropolitan existence and cathedrals that use historically/traditionally powerful iconography and symbolism. Placing these subjects in this context is meant to afford power in a representation style usually reserved for religious icons; thus affording them power without overt sexualization as objects. This process continues for me as I shift mediums and materials. The beginning of this body of work is heavily rooted in drawing and building up surfaces with dry materials and has now shifted to a larger scale, using markers and wet media. As a supplement to this work, I also create etchings and lithographs that correspond to some of the existing pieces. Currently I am questioning the role of everyday routine and objects in the creation and establishment of ceremony.