Seen and Heard is a series of self-portrait paintings that explore different feminist themes such as love, betrayal, independence, triumph, blame and societal expectations, interpreted through modern music. All of the songs that have inspired my paintings are both written and performed by female musicians.
My series is comprised of both literal and figurative imagery and symbolism. In every piece I am interacting with an object or part of my own body to relay a specific message. Each work is carefully staged to emphasize the significance of specific lyrics or the overall tone of the song it is inspired by. Although the paintings I have created are self-portraits, they represent not simply me, but all women. The women depicted in my works have been used, they have been dismissed, and they have been looked down upon, but they have also overcome, and their experiences have made them stronger. The women in my paintings are in total control, and viewers are seeing only what these women are allowing them to see.
I develop my works through a combination of self-portrait photography, photo manipulation, projection and a mix of acrylic and oil paint. My aesthetic is inspired by a combination of the traditional painting techniques of old masters like Caravaggio and Georges de la Tour, and the emotionally charged works of female artists like Judy Chicago, Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman.