My work explores via parody, the relationship between self identity and culture – questioning through process, imagery and form, the politics of gender and visual representation, as well as my own sense of self. The concept of desire is central to the newest work as seemingly harmless cartoons are juxtaposed with references to sexuality and reproduction, consumption of material goods, the lure of luxury, power and control.
Using the languages of conventional painting, collage and the comic strip, my recent works on paper take a closer look at the roles and conditions of women in this country’s work place. Presenting my findings as a kind of open-ended, disjointed and hopefully humorous narrative, my aim is to take the viewer on a journey, creating a challenging dialogue rather than a straightforward survey, history or moralizing lesson. Lone or cloned figures are transplanted into spaces that suggest various worksites, but are environments too, where nature’s forces seem to abide by different rules. Images combed from satirical interpretations of Freudian psychology, Greek mythology, children’s stories, junk science, popular culture and my own life experience are employed to probe issues of comparable worth, scripted roles, personal power, fears and desire. Unexpected scale and orientation, spatial ambiguity, type of image, media and color (or lack thereof) are all used to evoke a sense of meaning.
I’ve gleamed inspiration from the process of research as well as reports of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau, various archives of working women, The Working Women’s Museum and more. The work will hopefully challenge to the viewer to question their own situations, conditions of women’s lives as related to employment, and the complex relationship between career and self-identity.