August 20, 2017
You just finished your solo exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery entitled “Dehydrated Rainbow”. I find the title of the show fascinating. Does it represent your artistic vision for your new series where you contrast a world of whimsical fantasy with darker truths?
I think the title is fitting because of the contrast between the vibrant colors in the dreamscapes and the black and white figures that inhabit them. The figures are devoid of color to suggest that these narratives are the magical and fantastical worlds that we can create within our own minds if given the opportunity to seek inspiration inwardly rather than from the outside world.
Where did your inspiration for your new series stem from? Did your new works develop from a personal place? Did you learn any “darker truths” about yourself along the way?
In creating this series, I allowed myself to remember thought processes that I had as a child when everything was more mysterious, unlimited, and often frightening. During my childhood, there was quite a lot of time for creative and unstructured play. As a mother to school-aged children, it became very clear to me that the structure of my kid’s lives didn’t allow for nearly as much time for quiet self-reflection. I think that it is during these quiet, unburdened and unplugged moments that magical and creative things happen.
While working on this series I realized how challenging it was for me to unplug myself from my own rigorously structured life. It’s certainly a work in progress for both my children and me.
Repeated throughout much of your work is a teacup, reminiscent of the Walt Disney Mad Hatter Teacups ride. How did this idea develop and what significance does it have to your new body of work?
I specifically use the image of the Mad Hatter teacup ride for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I love that it’s such an iconic image and so easily recognizable. I think that having an iconic image helps people connect with the work on a personal level. Secondly, the ride can be simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying and these are the opposing emotions that I try to convey within the narratives of my paintings. Lastly, I use the Mad Hatter tea cup imagery because of its relationship to the story of Alice in Wonderland. The Alice in Wonderland tale weaves in elements of childlike innocence with darker undertones. This resonates conceptually with my work in which more somber narratives are revealed within a backdrop of hyper-saturated colors and playful imagery.