My recent work has focused on vintage women's gloves painted with reworked traditional western tattoo motifs and the visual tension between these two symbols. The gloves are symbols of a historical set of ladylike behavior that included modesty, purity and submissive attitudes. The tattoos in contrast speak a language of masculine behaviors. Traditional western tattoo narrative developed through sailor, and later, biker culture. These heroic and deviant imagery narratives leave out any authentic feminine expression. I seek to rework these traditional motifs to find a voice for my personal experiences as a heavily tattooed woman in the traditional role of wife and mother.
I use vintage objects, photography and painting to purge emotional static from daily living. I am in a constant conversation through objects with my body, my world, pop culture, gender politics and caregiving.