Series: Works On Paper
Preliminary concept sketches for the sculptural, diorama series of the same name. Exquisitely detailed, these mixed media pieces are works of art in their own right. Discover the original inspiration behind existing characters, plus get introduced to some new faces and dioramas yet to be.
An exploration of cocooning and radical transformation. In this series, the imagos (adult butterflies) have emerged with sinister alterations. The unsettling human/butterfly hybrids serve as a cautionary narrative, evidence of unholy cross-species unions that have seemingly gone awry vis-a-vis The Fly.
An ongoing works-on-paper series, the How To Be series explores the potentially hazardous business of self-improvement in regards to shaping an identity. Rather than striving to bring out the best in people, these sharply satirical mini-mentors offer a shorthand quick-fix in developing identities that are often undesirable.
Mockup collage sketches intended to be crafted on a grander scale, the R[ed] Y[ellow] G[rey] series combines text and imagery appropriated from product packaging, vintage sewing patterns, copyright free illustrations, and other graphic sources. Populating the pieces are characters who possess obscured facial features, alluding to an anonymity of identity in contemporary culture.
Inspired by a grade 7 field trip experience, Survival Games explores the dynamics of social hierarchy through constructs of identity. These works illustrate the shifting and/or equalizing of status between dominant and submissive roles through superficial alterations. Status and social position of characters fluctuate from piece to piece as relationships evolve through layers of artifice, costume, and cunning.
A series of works-on-paper exploring various stages of incompleteness. Each 12”x22” sheet of 550gsm rag paper begins with an incomplete narrative involving a variable number of figures, many of which are incomplete in their anatomy. Drawings are incomplete in their construction, varying from complete-as-possible to partially unfinished, waiting to be cut out and assembled.
These wee minions were created within a span of four months at the end of 2005. The poetry – or some version of it – was written a couple of years before that. I’ve always been an angry little red-headed girl. WARNING: Extensive use of expletives.