My work explores our cultural obsession with food, the body, and celebrity culture. My paintings, drawings, objects and installations represent an externalization of our complicated relationship with “forbidden” foods.
I use food diaries, journals, pictures of celebrities, jewelry, and beauty products in my work. I even incorporate stones or other objects I’ve assigned “magical” properties. These artifacts are like wishes or prayers to aid me in recovery. I want to give the viewer insight into my own process of overcoming food addiction.
I use some of the methodologies of the feminist artists of the 1970s, as I investigate how to transform these cheap, populist materials into something precious in both form and content.
There is always a tension in my work, as I explore the psychological landscape of food addiction, that gorgeous nightmare of attraction and resistance. I want to show both the glossy surface and the dark reality.