Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX, Photo Credit: Mark Menjivar
There are many themes present in my exhibition ‘Teardowns’. They are personal, political, and integrally connected to my experiences. The show has been an amazing collaborative endeavor that has included the voices and performances of artists throughout the community. The images in the show depict multiple ideas, including the nature of impermanence, the inherent instability of all things, the creative power of destruction, the place of women and women’s bodies in the history of western art, the larger suppression of women’s voices and stories, my own story as a woman, mother, and breast cancer survivor, and the current state of politics in this country.
The imagery in the exhibition is specific and well researched. It includes French scenic wallpaper from the 1830’s depicting the American revolution, portraits of important women scientists whose research was coopted or ignored such as Lise Meitner and Esther Letterberg, portraits of artists and political figures, images that reference American genre painting, and many depictions of my own body. I paint from observation, and all of the images come from specific reference photographs and sources. My stylistic influences are wide ranging and include Athenian pottery, German Expressionism, Medieval medical illustrations, American utopian imagery from the 19th century, genre painting, the Roman mosaics of Pompeii, the artists Kathe Kollwitz, Nancy Spero, Alice Neel, Joan Jonas, Kerry James Marshal, and many others.