Mixed Media on Canvas: Acrylic, Tin Foil and Magazine Clippings. 18″ x 24″
Art provides us with an outlet, a means of materializing emotions and articulating voices, whether they be subversive, oppressed and unpopular voices, or mainstream, fashionable and common voices. A single experience, a fleeting feeling and/or an intoxicating embrace can all be made into art (visual, performing, etc…). A painting has the power to capture the most sacred of moments, and likewise the most terrible of incidents. As we encounter love, heartbreak, betrayal, and passion in our lives, we often desire a channel through which we can express our most ardent and honest emotions. In this way, art becomes therapeutic; art becomes a necessity. “Breaking Up Breaking Out” was my response to a premature breakup, an end of a relationship and a loss. The bold colors reflect my need (then) to be strong, to move through the experience. The twisted tinfoil, used to create dramatic elevated accents, also has a resilient and fierce quality—a quality I was hoping to align with in my moments of vulnerability.