BFA - Creative Technologies
I work within painting, collage, and photography. I add elements such as glitter, tape, and sewing in connection to the female history rooted within craft art. My expressive paintings challenge the viewer to consider femininity, identity, and party culture through a pink lens. Each shade of pink has a different connotation to it, tending towards femininity. Hot pink is seen in gooey Jell-O shots at a college party or sounds like the background of a pop punk song but can also be found adorning a carousel in a little girl's hands. Pink smells like nail polish and bubblegum. Light pink can represent a new baby girl or a new love. Pink is glitter, flowers, and a lingerie brand for teens awkwardly growing into their bodies. To me pink is the color of growing up and to hold on to it is to hold on to the youth that creates a powerful woman. I create from my personal experiences throughout my college years, as they have given me emotions and stories that have left me questioning my female identity. The idea of femininity is contradictory, it can be used as both a weapon and armor. I use imagery such as clothing, arrows, limbs, alcohol, and cellphones because they also can act as a complex defense and injury for and against women. Young girls are so often told to be demure and to wait to be approached that this habit forms into a kind of cultural armor. I use these symbols and party depictions to encourage women to be the stranger that starts a conversation. I want women to be able to connect to my work and each other just like the color pink connects our memories. My work dares others to reflect on their own everchanging female identity and what that means at a party and in life.