A few years back, sometime around 2013/14 , Justin Bieber’s instagram was making me extremely anxious.
Ok so was everything else, but that was pretty much the whole point. When you’re in the thick of working through old wounds, those wounds can manifest upon your current reality. For me, during his period of DUIs, egg throwing & monkey border crossings, Justin’s Bieber’s celebrity narrative was the perfect template to reflect my own trauma. In order to process these wounds through the omnipresent pop culture narrative , I made these paintings.
In the studio with TI
thank you lord ♛
I'm in Cuba. I love Cubans.
glamour of old hollywood
Cary ('s) Remains.
acrylic on canvas.
smoke & mirrors
'candid' Marilyn Monroe series, MSG rehearsals.
'candid' Marilyn Monroe series, profile.
my owner is famous (Marilyn & Maf)
Oil on panel
Awkward Taylor Swift Dancing
There was a time about 5 or so years back that I was going through astressful period. As a result, I found myself repeatedly seeking GIFs of Taylor Swift's awkward dancing. There was something about the sincerity, confidence, and pleasure of awkward dancing that brought me comfort and joy. I searched for a place where I could always look at gifs of awkward Taylor Swift dancing, and was shocked that one was yet to be created.
As a result, awkwardtaylorswiftdancing.com was born. It continues to this day as a full archive of Taylor Swift's awkward dancing. I've also combined said dancing with one of my other favorite things, paintings.
there internet can be cruel place. I think it's extremely important to carve out these places of joy. and amusing gifs.
Teen Televised Feelings
a series looking into how we process teenage trauma in mainstream pop culture through the lens of teen television