My mixed media paintings and drawings constitute a kind of self-portraiture, employing animal imagery, the human figure, and ritual symbols and objects to convey a visual autobiography. I cull elements from my dream life, meditation practice, personal unconscious, and cultural background to create an esoteric interplay of characters in a variety of media.
Animal imagery functions on several levels in my work. The individuals are avatars -manifestation of an embodied deity, or the expression of a person, an emotion, or an idea. They are presented close to one another and to the human characters in an intimate fashion as the friend, the familiar, or the lover. I also suggest an intrinsic interrelationship with animals in my work, free from customary hierarchies, suggesting our shared sentience, origin, and fate.
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