Portfolio > "Ritual" Series Paintings

30th cake
Oil & acrylic on masonite
2' x 2'
2007
Red & Pink
Oil & Acrylic on Masonite
2' x 2'
2006
Bunny Cake
Oil & acrylic on masonite
2' x 2'
2006
Sleeping with a Raven
Oil & acrylic on masonite
2' X 4'
2007
Bow Cake
Oil & acrylic on masonite
2' x 2'
2006
Raven Cake
Oil & acrylic on masonite
2' x 2'
2006

My Paintings, drawings, and prints use still life imagery to illustrate personal narratives which relate to home, marriage and family. These narratives are described through reoccurring imagery such as cakes, animals and children.

I am interested in benchmark events, such as birthdays, holidays and rites of passage. These events have meaning and figure in importance to everyone; but they differ individually. I am exploring the mother and daughter dialogue in relation to these benchmark events and how they measure our lives in terms of these rituals.

I am trying to create a mood with the entrance through the work through the female body. The layered fabric is placed to suggest an opening into another world of subconscious. This creates the constant staging of the elements that are personally symbolic, in the world I have created. Within this world confections are given roles and interact with their surroundings in accordance with the composition. The use of scale to make hierarchical connections is also present.

My choice of color palate is a reflection of the feminine body as I perceive it to be such as fleshy pinks, bold bright colors and lots of red values. These colors serve to "feminize" the mood. The flowers and fabrics are meant to stand in as the feminine with reference to pattering and the domestic.