“Exploitation as the site of a free gaze… An image never stands alone. It belongs to a system of visibility that governs the status of the bodies represented and the kind of attention they merit.”
I have experienced a multi-centered identity, growing up in the home of dissident North Americans in Costa Rica, dancing ballet professionally in NYC, litigating on behalf of catastrophically damaged victims in Texas, and filming perverse philosophical comedies in France, Russia and other foreign lands. My paintings, staged at the intersection of laughter and darkness, are informed by these multifarious life experiences. Seeking to address the predicament of being human, they create charged atmospheres often psychosexual in nature, highlighting exploitation, errant beauty, social injustice and folly — but inevitably with the rueful smile of the complicit.