Artist Statement Submitted 2018
When making works I have often covered my subject in make-up or paint. I feel that I am doing what the world does to my subjects, tries to obliterate them or turn them into people they are not. For me, the victory is that the people I paint stare back at you completely whole, completely themselves. No matter the costume or the make-up you are looking at an individuated and very real, human being. They have, or are learning to survive through what the world has thrown at them. I am also keenly interested in the historical continuum of this. We have always done this. Cultures who were completely unaware of each other’s existence used the same white paint to adorn its women, the same fixed attitudes were taught to its men. My paintings fuse the past with the present and slash into the future.
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