I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share my new series of work that was created for my solo exhibition, Inside Voices! I hope you will join me for the opening on the 14th so I can show you what I've been working on!
Opening Jan 14, 3-5pm PST
On view through Feb 3 by Appointment
Curated by Kristine Schomaker
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA CA 90031
Inside Voices are the thoughts we hold internally about the world around us, about others and about ourselves. They can be those nagging voices that tell us how worthless we are, or they can be those encouraging voices telling us we can do hard things. These voices in our head can be saturated in angry resentment, or they can be openly compassionate. They are born when we are. As we grow and adapt to our ever-changing lives, so do they. My own inside voices have changed dramatically over my lifetime. Once critical and cemented in trauma, they've become kinder and more accepting. With hard work (and lots of therapy), my inner negative self-talk is now a whisper, while my positive self-talk is often loud and proud.
In this series, I took my inside voices and let them out in layers of paint. My first challenge was to paint on a larger scale, to take up space and be unapologetic about doing so. The base layer, which mostly ends up hidden, reflects struggle, helplessness, and not being heard, seen, or understood. The base layer is important because it exists as a part of my past. It is not completely visible because it is no longer a part of my everyday life. What comes next is a progression of addition and subtraction; covering up and revealing; translucency and opacity; and scratches to unearth what lies underneath. It is a painterly process of replacing old voices that no longer serve me with newer ones that do. The words I add are affirmations, my arsenal against the old voices of self-hatred. These pieces represent the power and strength of inside voices and how influential they can be.