The conceptual core of my work is built around questions about relationships between people, objects and animals. My body of work reflects a preoccupation with our relationship to stereotypes of various objects and activities in American culture. Fundamentally everything I make is based on an internal narrative which tests the need people have to categorize/pigeonhole objects, experiences and people. A tension results when things cannot be cataloged into tidy compartments; it is this tension that I explore. Much of my work scrutinizes gender classification of various icons.
My interest in hunting iconography stems from the fact that hunting is an ancient survival strategy that has become elusive and mysterious as urban culture has grown. My own transition from urban New York City to rural upstate New York made me feel like a foreigner. Mystified, I witnessed the elaborate rituals of hunting- so beautiful and beastly at the same time. The original work that responded to that consisted of transforming a Ford F-150 pick-up truck into a pink powerhouse complete with pink-flocked gun mounts, flesh colored silicone floor mats and a hunting wardrobe. I named her Sugar and she was the core of my feminine hunting persona. As I developed a relationship with Sugar she became my muse and inspiration for many trophy objects.
Trophy heads acquired through hunting are typically, though not exclusively, masculine in their association. Hunters prize their collection of trophy mounts as a memory of the activity of conquests; however, my trophy heads are not being used as statements about hunting, but as a symbol for the ‘male collection’. I use deer heads as an iconic object and a baseline for abstraction and embellishment to challenge the stereotypic response. Often I marry the trophy head to soft and feminine porcelain figures as well as to the pink-flocked surface of a doily. The slipcover on a trophy head serves the same purpose as a vinyl couch cover- preservation of a valuable. As another stream of work, Sugar became a series of pink porcelain trucks figurines.