Women on the Verge
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 art-historical sources from past and present. I began with sketchbook studies of sources including painters’ models (Manet) and self-portraits by women artists (Modersohn-Becker). The portraits then morphed 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. Color sets the context for a mash-up of painting languages including abstraction and expressionism. 
 
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, and meet the viewer in an open-ended encounter.

As in any good fiction, I hope the women in the paintings feel both familiar and strange.