UPON HEARING THE #NEWS

— (2018) Solo Exhibition, GSD&M/SXSW (Feb - March) and Crabtree Roth Gallery (Sept-Oct), Austin, TX. In 2017, my social media feeds were hijacked by politics. What used to be a source of light entertainment is now a source of anxiety and pent-up anger. Using a putty knife instead of a brush, I dragged and scraped bold and bright colors into a frenzy without having an end goal except perhaps to purge. Then the faces started to emerge. Shocked and disturbed. Wide-eyed and mouth agape. Suspended and often self-medicated. A stark contrast to the seemingly optimistic color palette I had gravitated towards. In 172 days, I had painted over 100 reactions to what I believe are visceral responses to the endless flood of absurd news headlines that we can no longer ignore or escape.