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.
Like the feminist artists of the 1970s, I investigate how to transform everyday materials into something precious in both form and content. In my early work food diaries, journals, pictures of celebrities, jewelry, and beauty products were used as artifacts to represent wishes or prayers to aid me in recovery.
My current work has grown in size, scope and intention. I still use everyday craft materials: ribbon, bobby pins, pony tail holders, sequins, organza fabric and beads. I braid the ribbons, and then the braids are braided together to form even bigger braids. Some are as tough as rope, and others are styled as delicately as wedding-day hair.
My process replicates our society’s obsession with adorning, shaping, and perfecting the body. These works have an obsessional quality, where every visual element has an aesthetic or functional purpose. The installations take over the space to disturb and even overwhelm the viewer.
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.