Artist Statement Submitted 2016
This collection of expressionistic portraits explores contemporary gender and cultural identity, and the conflicts that occur between traditional role expectations and the desires of the individual. The loose and washy portraits are juxtaposed with stark, orderly clothing that seem to constrain the wearer much like societal and cultural expectations constrain an individual. Androgyny and ambiguous ethnicity are emphasized calling attention to our innate obsession to categorize the people we meet and attach our own personal definitions of who they are; who they should be. The collars, buttons, and ties collaged from a mixture of Asian papers with acrylic paint, hold the subject in and confine them to play the roles expected of them. However, their fluid facial expressions hint at an underlying rebellion and clutch on a more aqueous contemporary concept of gender and culture.
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