I’m not looking at you, I’m looking at me. These self-portraits portray growth, exploration, and identity. A range from autonomous identity-less figures to a direct self-representation, demanding attention with a forward gaze. Living in a patterned dreamscape, they include objects and imagery from my own life, of some kind of tactile quality. It is a conversation with myself, expanding into direct representation in conjunction with surrealism; the self as an autonomous object of desire and executive function. Still beings, in my image, operating a space exclusively of their own. Beginning in sculpture, my work took true to form when I began working with fabric. My soft sculptures were feminine reminiscent bodies without heads, hands, or feet. They were created as objects that commanded their inhabited space as if they were autonomous beings. When I leaned into painting last year and dove into oils, I took these preexisting images and themes and applied them to an introspective of myself.
Part of a set of 25, Sweet Tooth is a collection of resin sculptures encased in recycled makeup clamshell packaging. With the imagery of real human teeth inside each piece, they are a play on the recontextualization of beauty products and ideas of the male gaze and feminine vanity.
Each sculpture is 5”x7”x2” and $150 apiece, or the full set for $1500.