It’s so much more authentic, real, and beautiful without censorship like the image below. The more we make nudity a “bad thing'“ the more we promote unattainable desire and sexual assault. I could elaborate on this but today I’m tired of defending my work. Another day perhaps. Meanwhile, I also added a photo of me next to the painting. Maybe it’ll pass the censors on social media. Maybe not. It’s all nonsense.
Just try and stop her. Ambitious, beautiful, and strong. She's also angry. Why, you ask?
When I first met Clementine, the model in the above painting, we were discussing our favorite Shark Tank episodes. Clementine told me she had a great idea and needed money. She decided to ask her father, a man of means if he could help her finance it. He said, "No. because you're a girl, and your brother will need it." I didn't know how to respond other than to ask her to hold that thought while I snapped a photo of her expression. I knew this photo reference for my painting would capture her raw emotions. I felt them too. Can you?
Women across the globe are unleashing years of frustration and anger at being marginalized and assaulted. There's no stopping Clementine or any woman being poorly treated. I want my figurative paintings to capture these visceral emotions and go beyond the subtle defiance of my past work.
I made a short promo video using some work in progress imagery.
Can you imagine one day not being able to walk? That's what happened to my friend Diane who threw her back out and was bedridden for months.
During her convalescence, she read "Infinity Net" the autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation. In one of the chapters, it explained why Yayoi painted dots. The artist has had mental health problems, and while she was in an institution, she discovered that painting dots repetitively helped her cope. These dots inspired me to create a painting of Diane. She is holding a piece of fabric with black dots symbolizing the depression she experienced during her recovery, and her tight embrace of this fabric shows her strength and vulnerability.
If you're curious about the symbolism of her tattoos, check out the blog post.