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Men, money and me...
In 2011 I focused my visual art practice on the subject of men, masculinity and the role of the male model in art. This is still a central concern to me, and it seems more and more relevant as we process the manner in which women have relentlessly been objectified in real life as well as in visual culture.
In 2014 I started to study money in conceptual as well as practical terms. This led to developing an alternate identity as a personal finance blogger, but also to wanting to find a way to integrate my disparate fields of interest into my artwork. Money as a concept is utterly fascinating, as it sends out so many barbed roots into our collective consciousness, informing us as to what is valuable and shaping (or skewing) our morality - but it also makes perfect sense that I would turn to examining another 'shortcode' for power.
There's another aspect of my art and writing that weaves its way in and out of view, and it's myself. I rarely do self-portraits beyond representing myself through my models, but I enjoy drawing on my own experiences and relations as source material. Often, women are pigeonholed as caretakers of the domestic in the arts, as though their use of familial relationships and autobiographical material diminishes their work.
To that I say a resounding "whatevs."