The Lavender Menace Series
This body of work is an exploration of identity and its intersection, or collision, with contemporary events. I am moved by news items about structural and personal violence, which I cull from the internet, social media, and traditional news broadcasts.
Painting abstractly about these incidents allows me to remove them from their specific contexts, providing a contemplative space for both maker and viewer. In contrast to the specificity of the news reports, it is a space where colors and edges inform and suggest, where layers both hide and reveal what lies underneath, where collage items assume new identities in relation to their new contextual home.
Though the news items are themselves weighty, even graphic, the paintings inspired by them are accessible and inviting, featuring harmonious colors, lively compositions, organic shapes, and evidence of the artist’s hand in bursts of drawing. This attention to beauty invites the viewer to engage with a topic which may otherwise be too gritty to face. By actively locating beauty in what may be considered unusual places, I advocate for a concern for social justice. The paintings offer a gesture for connection, and ultimately a hopeful worldview.
The current incarnation of this website is an experiment. And an odyssey. I started out over a year ago to get a website up and running and ran into a lot of roadblocks: the designer who took my money and was never heard from again. (Don’t worry–chased him down and got it back!). The others who flaked out and were never heard from again, but had luckily not gotten around to taking my money. The high cost. The variables and unknowns, such as how would I be able to make changes to the site in an economical way, and on my timetable?
Although I’m not a high-tech person, I realized the best way to go– for me–was to learn something about website design so that I could control more of the process.
I used WP Folio, made by and for artists, and Word Press, and have been teaching myself the ropes. My new mantra is “Release Early and Often!” which means I’m putting versions of the site out there earlier than I necessarily want to, and before I think they’re ready…but if I didn’t do it this way, nothing would EVER get out there because perfectionism gets in the way! There’s always something to fix, but I’ll do it as I go along.
So this is a challenge in many ways, one that so far has spawned more than a few tears but also some real fist-pumping moments. I figure I know just enough to be dangerous, so stay tuned!