Artist Statement

I am a writer and artist in Los Angeles recently profiled in Wikigrain.

Issues of the Dionysian, ritual, boundaries and fluidity inhabit my work. I am interested in subcultural artist communities at times of cultural zeitgeist.

10582963_1455244791395140_7376092210075734227_oJet Set Desolate was shortlisted for the IPR License Agent’s Pick in April 2014 in Book Trade here.

Scaffolding, a memoir about punk rock, bipolar disorder and alcoholism in Portland was revised in Camp NaNoWriMo this July and is currently under review at Writ Large Press.

I will be showing erotic art and performing with Ian MacKinnon, Hank Henderson and others as part of a pop-up gay art house and performance art night called The Adonis Project.  It is on September 13, 2014 at Human Resources in Los Angeles. More info here. Click here for tickets.

Negotiating verbal and visual vocabularies drawn from Almodovar and 1960s Italian film, I take inspiration from Sophia Loren, Anais Nin and the supersaturated commercial iconography of Jeff Koons.  My paintings, collages and zines are earmarked in the visual.  I am working on a new series seen here.

Three Ladies, oil, mixed media, 2014

Three Ladies, oil, mixed media, 2014

I love this Will Rees essay on “The Private Life” at 3:AM Magazine where he states, “‘The Ego’ — to quote Freud, as Cohen often does — ‘is not master in its own house.’ Could it be the repulsion and anxiety this provokes that fuels our desire to broadcast everything about ourselves online? our sense of entitlement to know everything about others? the complicity, that is, that we each of us share in the culture of intrusion we claim to abhor?”

At the intersection of lifestyle, Bewitched and comodidity fetishism, exploring visual ideas with Instagram,  and Pinterest.  Let me sell you something.  Let me create a world.  Twitter shitfit.

Bruiseslikeblueroses for a queer sadomasochist art lit beauty explosion.

My 2011 chapbook, G(u)ilt, is now available at Lost Angelene.  Jet Set Desolate is available at Amazon.  Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles: 730910-2155 is available at valeveil.

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  1. lizzie says:

    Your Guilt zine is one of my favorite things I’ve read since I can remember. It’s something I’ve been waiting for, you know? It has all the things I want in a read: lesbians, drugs, references to LA and/or SF, glitter. Okay that sounds superficial, but. You’re amazing and I love your writing. I keep Guilt in my purse just to reread it.