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It's All Over Your FaceGladiator (You Told Me I Wasn't A Fighter)Removed But Still ThereThis Is What You Wanted (Self Portrait With Onions)
The Hard Sell (Self Portrait With Mustache)I Love Red Lipstick Even When It Is In Black and WhiteCrowd Pleaser (Self Portrait with Mustache)The Weasel
Still Silent (Self Portrait as The It Girl)Fairy Tales End At Midnight

YOU KNOW ME BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF

This series explores the latent darkness and sexuality inside all of us. I employ props, costumes and theatrics in order to provoke the dormant aspects of my identity. I indulge in typecasts of the artist; as I draw and explore these characters, I am able to internalize the expectations put forth by popular culture.

I desire to understand the interplay of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts within relationships. The drawings are inspired by emotionally charged memory flashes that have impinged upon my outlook on relationships. The drawing process first serves as a cathartic experience, allowing me to reevaluate the effects of these events. Soon thereafter, the rehashing merely exaggerates emotions, making the echo of the incident more haunting. Reality is increasingly skewed by imagination; fiction becomes truth.

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