Layers of Deconstruction
Breaking down visuals is a knee jerk reaction for me. I sift through the propaganda and buried context behind images and try to understand what is attempting to be communicated.
My painting style echoes this approach. I use layers of images in a manner that is initially seen as a whole, but deconstructs into separate elements upon further inspection. I use text in my paintings to deliver commentary while also utilizing the font’s graphic qualities to distort the image. All information is in plain sight but organized in a way that hides from the viewer at first glance.
I feel compelled to explore repetitive imagery in art, such as Marylyn Monroe or female nudes, because I am interested in why artists choose to represent these subjects over and over again. Similarly, I have compulsions to work with imagery with established context rather than pull from my raw imagination. I feel visual communication is so vast that by utilizing the established context behind recognizable imagery, I can more clearly examine the principles of the visual language and use what I learn with purpose and intention.