Size: 24"W x 36"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
This piece is part of a series exploring of the question of women's role in portraiture. Betty Crocker is a household image of a fictional character that has morphed over the years. This portrait is of the current Betty. Painted in Oil on quilted fabric, she symbolizes women's expected role as a home-maker, crafter, and now working professional. The corporate version of Betty is vapid and yet my version of Betty has a little twinkle as to say she knows "what's up," yet she remains in her stiffened pose. The fabric is also symbolic of the layers that make up the complexity of women.
Each piece has a story for me; whether it is a story that is the basis for my expression or a story that is realized through my relationship with the creation process of my painting. My work tends to deal with relationships, awkward characters, and spirits, all while focusing on things that are overlooked: the underlying character. I also am interested in exploring expectations of women, both in life and in art, and creating an unexpected or uncomfortable reaction from the viewer. My favorite mediums are oil paints, watercolor, ceramics, and fabric.