Why Does It Always Have To Be About Race?
Oil on Canvas
36″ x 36″
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As a visual artist and psychotherapist, my paintings focus on identifying, and dealing with societal conditions that undermine the individual’s ability to live empowered lives. Grappling with issues of sexual abuse, gender, sexuality, race, and “femininity/masculinity”, my paintings confront idealized and oppressive values inherent in society. Through psychological, expressionist portrayals of ‘real’ human beings, my work exposes the impact of, and adaptations to, a society which so often denies the exclusion, oppression, and aggression inherent within it. Since this past election, these aggressions against marginalized groups, women, and our planet and humanity in general have grown more ruthless, extreme and widespread. At the same time that our lives and liberties are being destroyed, this aggression has been normalized, idealized and redefined as patriotism.
In expressive, broad strokes of unapologetic color the truth of my subjects are conveyed with the same urgency that seems to course through each of them. They demand that the covert truths behind their existence be laid bare. A full range of emotion is conveyed through scale, color and brushstroke, creating portrayals of those who are both damaged, remarkable, and marked by their undiminished spirit and survival.
In keeping with my concern regarding the survival of the human spirit, I am a licensed psychotherapist, providing counseling services primarily to, women and members of the LGBTQ community on the Lower East Side of NYC.
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