We were promised freedom, but we became enslaved. We were promised intimacy, but found only isolation. We were promised excitement, but we eventually got bored. We were promised "adult entertainment,” yet we became increasingly juvenile.
Information and truth is shared, filtered, and manipulated through social media. These distortions of truth affect how we view ourselves, how we view others, and ultimately how we grow and share ourselves with others. Our American culture tells us we can have anything we want instantaneously. We are told that we can be the solution to any, and all, situations we face. We are pushed to be self-reliant, self-sufficient, and self-serving, yet we still find ourselves feeling isolated, dissatisfied, and disconnected.
My work explores the dualities between intimacy and isolation. A topic that is inspired by our fast-paced, technology driven culture; a world of constant stimulation and instant gratification. What happens when a life surrounded by instant gratification meets slow, meandering, uncomfortable processes? What happens when a private, warm, and inviting environment becomes cold, geometrical, and mass-produced? I use a technique of glazing in multi-layers and monotype printmaking, while striving to create work where abstraction and realism co-exist. Just as social media has succeeded in distorting my views of sex, people, and myself, my work analyzes these distortions and misinterprets vulnerable spaces.