KNOCKOUT - 2013
These paintings involve forms that are recognizable as relating to the face or body but are unusual or unfamiliar because of their deviation from realism. The double entendre of the term "knockout" spotlights the tug-of-war between violence and attraction when it comes to aberrations of the human form. In my paintings, rough and gestural marks demolish pristine surfaces of skin, developing and deviating from the human form to challenge its allure and how it is comprehended. I am interested in how even a distant representation of a person can be conflated with measurements of perfection, beauty and the ideal.