“Hype” is a direct manifestation of my palatable angst regarding advertising and its perpetuation of the myth that “you are not enough as you are”.
These seemingly innocuous snippets of text came from just two magazines published for a female audience and tell us what we need, how to live, and who we “should be.” Rather than building us up as the publishers would have you believe, they are actually tearing us down.
This kind of hype creates struggles of inadequacy for most women, including myself; we face these damaging messages on a daily basis from every media outlet and, by extension, every other person we come in contact with.
The need to create this piece was two-fold: first as an outlet of my personal frustration and a sharing of my story; and second as a reminder to us all that advertising is not truth, is it just hype.
Featured in #seemetakeover, Times Square, NY, July 2014
Published in Incite 2, Color Passions: The Best of Mixed Media, October 2014
"I Want All The Cake"
24" x 30"
acrylic, images, modeling paste, tar gel
"I Want All The Cake" employs unsettling symmetry of the face, an over-the-top background, garish amounts of jewelry, and the richest of chocolate cake complete with cherries on top to comment on society's demand for perfection in a woman. And in turn how that demand effects her psyche making her feel as though she is not happy unless she has everything society deems important. We travel along the primrose path of deception as though love and happiness can be defined by doctored faces and bodies, fake and over-done hair, and dripping with rocks of artificial scarcity and value. She is meant to look absurd and ridiculous to remind us of what is really important.
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
This piece is about the impact of man on the natural world. Larger than life living, excessive waste, and disregard for the environment by many have caused irrevocable damage for all.
The Science of Capitalism (Lab Rats)
18" x 24"
acrylic, magazine images, printed images on canvas, framed
Is it science or politics? Has pharmacology lost its way? Do benefits outweigh toxicity and harm? Are we fed half-truths to fill corporate pockets? Are we all just lab rats?
Selected for SCIENCEfair Exhibition at Visual Art Exhchange, October 2014
Wash and Go!
30" x 30"
acrylic, ink, foil, paper, pen on gallery canvas
This piece speaks about the human proclivity to move forward or past the dirty parts of life without actually examining the self and/or the issue at hand. This concept is illustrated in a 1970 VW Bug (the past), the driver donning shades (looking forward and not at oneself), driving through a car wash (the urgency to be rid of something without giving it personal attention), and in the title which pokes fun at the notion that washing and going will somehow evade our problems.