My current work uses portraiture to explore ideas of embodiment, by which I mean, the relationship
between personal identity and physical appearance. I seek to ask questions about the interaction of
embodiment with social experience and ways in which the body can be a site for marginalization.
My paintings are my personal investigations into socially constructed standards of gender, body, beauty
and legitimacy established by a heteronormative society and culture. My continual interest in painting
queer subjects, or queer bodies, is sparked and sustained by my own experiences and relationships with
others whose identities fall outside these social norms. I view my representations of transgender bodies
not simply as appropriations of the physical body of transsexual subjects, but as honest and relatable
portraits of people in my community.
As I engage in the painting process, the relationship between myself as artist and my subject becomes
pivotal. Through the course of close observation and response, I see myself both constructing and
mediating the subject’s body, a kind of inter-embodiment in action through painting.