I haven't lived in warzones. I haven't been a victim of trafficking. I haven't had breast cancer or lost a child to violence. But global media, stories and artwork by artist friends, as well as things I see driving around Chicago all compel me to address real-world issues, which are as critical now as the cruelties of war were in consciousnesses of artists such as Francisco Goya, Arshile Gorky and Käthe Kollwitz in their times.
My drawings and prints deal with the abuse of women and children and my interest in highlighting their inherent rights. Nor do I shy away from more complicated social problems such as the killing of children by their mothers, as explored in my 2013 print series All Stars. My images reveal truths about situations that people, both victims and those who see my art, will not or cannot discuss.
In two interrelated projects, Domestic Bliss and Battered Madonnas, I tackled domestic violence. I appropriated and manipulated images of abused and battered women to re-present them as present-day icons with broken and misshapen, gold-leaf halos applied to photocopy transfers. The series addresses a disconnect between the historically elevated status of women as nurturers and life-givers to discarded objects of someone’s rage.
Two prior projects, Burden and the Baby Bird Suite, explore illness and human trafficking. In each series, the subjects' struggle and survival, to conquer their physical and psychological confines, is meant to give hope and inspiration to the suffering. The Burden series portrays the physical and emotional suffering of women as they deal with breast cancer. The Baby Bird Suite references the global calamity of child trafficking, as mothers are forced to give up or sell their children they cannot support.
I have exhibited in countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Nicaragua, the Marshall Islands, and the across the United States. Read my full biography here.