My work is centered around child abuse, and informed by personal experience. In Bedtime Stories, the works use a blanket as substrate and support and a range of non-traditional materials for mark-making. Each element is critical in conveying meaning to the overall narrative. My process begins with finding the correct blanket: similar to ones of my childhood, neither new nor contemporary, used. The materials I use to paint with are in conversation with the weight and texture of the blanket, giving the appearance of viscosity to evoke bodily secretions. School glue is a medium I often use for my paintings, a material omnipresent in childhood. Other materials can be split into two categories: ones to rub on the body (lipstick, cocoa butter, petroleum jelly, suntan oil), and ones to heal the body (iodine, gauze, band-aids). Each painting negotiates trauma and recovery, hurting and healing, differently. Children’s book titles that were read to me as a child make up the titles of the works. I use the toy stuffed animal bunny as motif throughout, a replication of the same one I’ve had since birth, to stand in as double, distancing myself from and making a place for the viewer, of the experience of child abuse. While my initial intention to make this work stemmed from my own desire for understanding, the outpouring of fellow survivors’ stories upon seeing my pieces has been a very rewarding part of my practice.
1 - Examination Presentation, 2019, Glue on a King Size Velvet Throw, Ceramic and Acrylic
2 - The Gift of The Magi, 2018, Glue and Oil Paint on a Queen Size Plush Blanket
3 - Oh, The Places You’ll Go, 2019, Glue, Iodine, Rubber Cement, and Studio Detritus on a Twin Size Weighted Blanket (20lbs.)
4 - The Giving Tree, 2019, Glue, Lotion, Vaseline, Sun Tan Oil, and Cocoa Butter on a Queen Size Duvet
5 - Identified Patient, 2019, Glue, Iodine, Rubber Cement, and Latex-Free Sutures on a Queen Size Quilt
6 - Identified Savior, 2019, Glue, Iodine, Rubber Cement, and Pages from Madeline on a Queen Size Quilt
7 - You Become, 2020, Glue, Iodine, Rubber Cement, Vaseline, Gauze, and Personal Lubricant on a King Size Quilt