1. The act or process of reclaiming.
2. A restoration, as to productivity, usefulness, or morality.
I have entitled this new series ‘Reclamation’ as it is an exploration of self transformation. These paintings are a documentation of the process of reclaiming my body after my diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Art is a way of expressing life as we are now and as a reflection of our past experiences. Throughout history, artists have used their medium as a voice for these expressions. Words, music, paint, stone, and even their own bodies have given artists a vehicle to carry their messages to their audiences. Exhibition or performance of their work has allowed these artists to connect with those who identified with or related to their work. This connection, to me, is the most important aspect of being an artist as it provides a sense of community and the comfort of knowing that there are others who may have had similar experiences. I know that I am unable to connect with everyone, mainly because of differences in opinions and understanding, but this desire to connect is what drives me to create. I find my work more meaningful to me and to my audience when I create things that are personal. As an artist, I find it important to share aspects of my life with others because it allows others to identify themselves with my work, and in turn, creates a connection between us.
At the dawn of the digital age, digital media is more widely accepted for entertainment and commercial purposes, rather than as an acceptable medium for fine art. Computer generated imagery has been criticized as not being a fine art medium in the same way that photography has been the subject of the same disputes. I believe computer imagery is one of the most important mediums ever developed. Instant publication by means of the internet provides instantaneous exposure to the world. For this show, I have created my works digitally, printed them on canvas with archival inks, and sealed them with an oil based medium for permanency. Some have been manipulated in oil past this stage. My ultimate goal was to blur the line between digtial imagery and the traditional painting medium.