From Metaphors to nostalgia, senses and more. This collection contains images of items that make me inherently who I am. I call this body of work Clandestine Simulacrum. Simply stated it means secret self portrait.
Prior to creating these prints the last self portrait I made was in the year 2000. It wasn’t a conscious choice to do so. That’s just how it worked out.
Upon working though a creative block I found myself inspired by the scent of lilacs. There were several lilac bushes around my childhood home. I grew up knowing that smell like I know my name. The experience lead me down a path of nostalgia which lead to the images i created for this series. Only those who truly know me know why each image was chosen and what it means to me. Hence the title of the show.
Nearing the completion of the series I found myself ready and felt it necessary to make an image in my likeness.The skin and muscle is stripped away from my face as a nod to the imagery I am well known for making. (sugar skulls) It also leaves room to accommodate the other images in the series as metaphorical pieces that would make up that part. In essence, they complete me.
This series was created to empower all women. Ignoring eye, skin and hair color, as well as height and weight, the series sets out to abolish internal misogyny. A common dialogue with women everywhere.