The paintings in Haunted embody my endeavor “to represent how it feels to share one’s singularity with others.”1 These pieces seek to freeze instances of ephemeral emotion with which we do not outwardly or publicly identify. Relegated to the fringes of memory, we replace these sentiments with forced smiles and airbrushed happiness. Memorializing these saccharin feelings on social media, we tend to ignore the complexity of emotions that lurks below this façade. As such, my portraits attempt to confront viewers with these private sentiments in an effort to show the universal nature of personal isolation.
My work is in conversation with the portraiture of Balthus, Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Arshile Gorky, Max Beckmann, and Otto Dix.