Pressure Points

The portrait paintings in my series, Pressure Points, question the influence of cultural pressures on the construction of identity.

 

Through a process I created, I use numerical statistics from issues dealing with gender, class, and race as the coordinates for points on a gridded panel or canvas. I then transform pictures of individuals, forcing them to conform to the statistical points on the grid. In this way, the distorted potraits express the ways in which individuals are simultaneously created by and percieved through sets of cultural norms.

 

 

 

Hey Mami
Hey Mami

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015 Uses statistics regarding street harassment.

Thou Shalt Ask
Thou Shalt Ask

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015 Uses statistics regarding street harassment.

Smile, Baby
Smile, Baby

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015 Uses statistics regarding street harassment.

Norma Jeane
Norma Jeane

oil on linen, 34" x 28", 2013 [prints available] Uses statistics regarding sexual objectification. Prints: 8.5" X 11" - $40 12" X 16" - $65

It's My Mouth...
It's My Mouth...

oil on linen, 34" x 28", 2014 Uses statistics regarding sexual objectification.

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

oil on linen, 32" x 30", 2014 Uses statistics regarding contraception and abortion.

It's Gonna Be Huge
It's Gonna Be Huge

oil on linen, 32" x 32" 2016 Uses statistics regarding immigrants and refugees.

It Makes Her A Slut, Right?
It Makes Her A Slut, Right?

oil on canvas, 20" x 16", 2014 Uses statistics regarding contraception and abortion.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

oil on linen, 30" x 40", 2013 [prints available] Uses statistics regarding young adults.

RuPaul: Queen of Queens
RuPaul: Queen of Queens

oil on linen, 30" x 28", 2014 Uses statistics regarding drag and gender.

I Coulda Been a Cartoonist
I Coulda Been a Cartoonist

oil on panel, 42" x 32", 2013 SOLD Uses statistics regarding marriage and the workplace.

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

oil on panel, 40" x 30", 2013 SOLD Uses statistics regarding Michelle Obama and women of color.

Facing the Numbers
Facing the Numbers

oil on panel, 47" x 35", 2012 Uses statistics regarding body image.

Push 'n Pull
Push 'n Pull

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015 Uses statistics regarding street harassment.

Keep Walking
Keep Walking

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015, SOLD. Uses statistics regarding street harassment.