This Ain't No Party, This Ain't No Disco 
 
I paint imaginative, composite portraits of women in the process of appearing and/or disappearing, playing with genre conventions of portraiture in western art. Working in oil and acrylic paints on wood panels, I transform color, scale, pattern, facial expression and body gesture until a specific presence emerges, rather than a likeness. I build each image based on bits of old master portraits, personal history and pop culture, embodying ideas of subjectivity, emotion and the female gaze through the painting process. The paintings contrast gestural figuration with geometric abstraction, while the surfaces vary from areas scraped down to bare wood to passages of lush paint, often displaying traces of ghost lines. 

My inspirations include paintings by the German Expressionist Paula Modersohn-Becker, the textiles of 20thc. artist Anni Albers, and portraits by contemporary painter Chantal Joffe, among other contemporary artists. The title This Ain't No Party, This Ain't No Disco is the refrain in a Talking Heads song*, part of the soundtrack of my formative years as an artist, and it also references the current cultural moment. In a time of individual and collective loss, daily life goes on and we keep moving.

* “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads, from the 1979 album Fear of Music.