You were born and raised in California, to artist parents, and continue to work in Los Angeles—do you see yourself as a California artist, specifically (as distinct from, say, an artist who happens to live in California)? Is there a particular lineage or history of California art that you think contextualizes your practice and your work?
It is hard not to see myself as a California artist, as I have never lived or worked outside of California. I am certainly influenced by both of my parents as well as their artist friends and the community they were a part of, namely the Funk movement, Bay Area Figuration, and the Beat generation. Beyond this history, my work has definitely been shaped by underground comic culture and my peers within the “Mission School,” not to mention the artists I worked for in SoCal such as Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. Again, it is a mash-up.
The works you'll be showing at Independent primarily feature female forms. What draws you to the female figure in particular as a subject?
At this time in my life and my work, I am very drawn to this space: the female emotional world and psyche, and the physical manifestations thereof, in all their complexity. In a sense, these vessels and figures are self-referential, but in a non-biographical way. They are idealizations and visions based on personal experience—a reflection of the multifaceted, intense energy of everyday living.