This series of paintings seeks to create a dialogue about the history of imagery, primarily as it pertains to the use of the modern American female. I am interested in the evolution of these images from classical painting, photography, advertising, television, and the Internet and the subliminal messages and psychological effects they proliferate. My compositions are created by collaging, breaking apart, and rebuilding the parallel environments of human and animal worlds, while rendering the subjects anonymous within them. I am interested in the viewer's engagement with the characters, the distinct fallacies they represent, their connection with kitsch, and their relationship to society's ideals.

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