This body of work analyzes mutation, through concepts of the organic and the synthetic world. I explore the significance and microscopic details of cells. Cells can become infected mechanisms that deconstruct the body through cancer. A single cell can spread mutation through unity and division. Once this mutation arrives to the blood stream it can spread throughout the entire body. My work conceals this disturbance beneath a layer of idealized innocence in the tonality of colors. This piece conveys the contrasting emotions of tranquility and chaos.
I am interested in the eruption of mutation due to society’s norms that may be known as hazardous yet ignored until the body begins to deteriorate. I examine scientific images of cells, tumors, and surgical procedures, along with processed foods. I paint body parts straddling the line between the natural world and the synthetic by using both fine details and motifs.
Environmental carcinogens cause 75-80% of cancer diagnosis and death in the United States. By installing these visual representations of mutated cells to the walls, I bring attention to the process of mutation. The cells become trophies to those who have changed their life style and have survived the battle, while the red blood cells symbolize the never-ending cycle.
My work also involves the investigation of habits that lead to the consumption of carcinogens, and the way they are accepted within society. By warping the canvas into irregular cellular shapes I bring this invasion of small cellular forms into our physical and visual world.
Mixed Media Installation
Materials: Oil paints canvas plywood Pine Print-N-Stick