Women on the Verge
These paintings are portraits of fictional women I’ve known.  
The title of the series references Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film that explores female identity and makes striking use of color and pattern. The paintings are process-driven, rooted in contemporary and art-historical sources. I begin with sketchbook studies of sources including painters’ models (Manet) and self-portraits by women artists (Modersohn-Becker). The portraits morph through a series of transformations, merging formal concerns with imagination and invention, a dance between resolution and dissolution until each image embodies a specific identity. 
Dressed neatly, their faces awry, the women in the paintings look directly at us or gaze at someone or something just outside the frame. The women go about their daily lives, navigating boundaries between public and private, meeting the viewer in an open-ended encounter.