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Artist Bio

     Maybe every artist has to work through the way they were brought up before they can start making art that comes directly from their own experience. Painting from my family photographs, I began a process I call “deconstructed reconstruction” where I vigorously rip the paintings apart, and employ these elements to make bigger, more complex mixed media collages.
    A central concern motivating my work has been a critique of “Purity Culture” and the politics and economics that surround the paternalistic prescription of women’s roles—as well as the sexualization of girls and women—in American society. In relation to this subject my BFA thesis work laced “purity” symbolically into my paintings as negative/blank space, a void of over-painted white that unsettles the image.
    More recently I have become interested in depicting hands as a means of exploring psychological states, depicting them as reaching, yearning, searching, and clawing at themselves or something beneath or beyond themselves. While I’m aware of the myriad depictions of hands in art history, I have been reflecting particularly on my visit to David Hockney’s exhibition 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life. Knowing that each sitter posed for three days, I have wondered how their conversations with Hockney might have influenced the works. Appropriating this idea, I have begun exploring how in-depth conversations with my models can affect the manner in which I depict their hands.

Education                                

Hite Art Institute,    University of the Basque Country,   Latin University of Costa Rica                          
Louisville, KY            Bilbao, Spain                                          Heredia, Costa Rica
2014-2018                   Semester abroad, 2017                          Summer Abroad, 2016

 BFA Drawing            Spanish Contemporary Painting        Spanish Language
 & Painting              
                                    Spanish Historical Drawing                 Spanish Literature
 BA Spanish


 

Group Exhibitions

2021      The Artemesias, KY Foundation for Women, Virtual Exhibition

2020     Barriers, Lexington Arts Connect, Online Exhibition

              Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, Kentucky
             Women of Influence, Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY

              Herself, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

              Change Now, PeaceState with Black Lives Matter, Louisville, KY
             Art Makes Home, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Louisville, KY

2019      PRHBTN, Loudoun House, Lexington, KY
             15th Annual Mazin Art Exhibit, Jewish Community Center, Louisville, KY

              Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, Kentucky
             Kent Mansion Gallery Exhibit, Light in the Darkness: A Study of Hope and Healing, Indianapolis, IN


2018      Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY
             BFA Thesis Exhibition, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY
             Red Alert Series Installation Collaboration, w/ Ying Kit Chan and Jordyn Oswald, Science Week in Germany & Switzerland


2017       Art Exhibition #11 at Bellas Artes en Garabia ZAWP, University of the Basque Country's Collective Visual, Bilbao, Spain
 

Grants & Residencies

2021      Artist Professional Development Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, KY

              Hopscotch House, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Louisville, KY

              Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA
2020     Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Louisville, KY
              Hopscotch House, Kentucky Women's Foundation, Prospect, KY

Commissions

2020      Family Portrait, Drawing commissioned by private owner, Louisville, KY

               When Women Come Together, Mural commissioned by Kale & Flax Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville, KY

               Italy Inspired, Mixed Media Painting, Louisville, KY

              Arthritis in a Crisis, Mixed Media Drawing, Louisville, KY

2019      Kansas Sky, Colored Pencil Drawing, Liberia, Costa Rica
             Last Look, Acrylic painting, Liberia, Costa Rica