A New Role Model

Much of my work is inspired by my experiences teaching English as a Second Language. As an ESL teacher, I was privy to a host of challenging and highly personal stories of immigration. The experience altered my world view, and created a desire to use my art as a means to convey the complex yet fragile stories of others.

 

Consider conversation as a medium, analogous to paint for the painter, or clay for the sculptor; the act of dialogue becomes an aesthetic act of collaborative creation. I use the language of art as a means of initiating communication; my subject becomes my partner in conversation. As we build verbal connections, our capacity for understanding ourselves and others expands in tandem with the flow of conversation.

 

I use portraiture as a vehicle for storytelling, merging real people with imagery and text laden with historical and personal value. This use of pattern and iconography creates a sense of spatial ambiguity, encouraging viewers to decode the images according to their own associations and experiences. I create visual narratives of friends who are actively challenging societal norms and creating the change they wish to see in the world. Over the past few years, I have felt helpless as I watch a narrative of hate, racism and fear of the “other” unfold in our country. By investigating these territories through portraiture and the sharing of stories, I create opportunities to build relationships, and to increase our capacity to recognize and celebrate our shared humanity.

 

 

 

 

The Wish
The Wish

Oil, 24" x 20"

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mixed Media, 18" x 24"

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, process image
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, process image

Click the link below to read Zen's personal narrative, hand-written on her portrait.

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A New Role Model
A New Role Model

Acrylic, 18" x 24"

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Memories in Flight
Memories in Flight

Mixed Media, 24" x 18"

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Bottles in Bangkok
Bottles in Bangkok

Oil, 24" x 36"

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Move Over Dick and Jane
Move Over Dick and Jane

Acrylic, 24" x 30"

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Wendy
Wendy

Mixed Media, 18" x 24", collaboration with artists at Portrait Pollyana Exhibit at Talleyville Frame Shoppe.

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Alex
Alex

Chalk, 16" x 20"

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Sharon
Sharon

Chalk, 16" x 20"

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Kelsey
Kelsey

Chalk, 16" x 20"

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Community Activist Man
Community Activist Man

Mixed Media, 14" x 17"

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Meghan
Meghan

Oil, 36" x 49"

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Whitney
Whitney

Oil, 36" x 49"

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Drummer Girl
Drummer Girl

Oil, 24" x 24"

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A Role Model
A Role Model

Oil, 15" x 30"

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Gaijin, Aisle 4
Gaijin, Aisle 4

Oil, 24" x 36"

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Twins
Twins

Oil, 20" x 30"

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Neal
Neal

Pencil, 9" x 12"

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Luca and Son
Luca and Son

Chalk pastel, 8" x 10"

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