This work involves the idea of the domestic, platonic- yet secretly dysfunctional western family. I paint family photographs, examining moments from three generations of my genealogy, using my kin as an example of a bigger picture. These paintings appear to be happy, humorous, and nostalgic. I break basic compositional rules- cropping the paintings, dismembering my subjects. I use watercolor, often letting it stain and soil my subjects. Contradictions abound. Often, their pleasantries overtake the paintings, and they reach a level that is no longer enjoyable- allowing for the possibility that something grotesque is trying to surface.
The theme of duplication emerged from viewing hundreds of photographs of my twin sisters, and trying to determine one from the other. From their symmetry and repetition grew a laborious necessity for me to paint patterns into the images; a kind of controlled yet ominous chaos living behind the closed doors of suburbia.