Nominated by Northern Illinois University My paintings serve as exorcisms. The theories, conditions, and ideals that sit dogmatically in my head expel themselves through a meticulously rendered visual. Intersectional feminism, evolutionary biology, art history and queer theory all influence my approach to the world, allowing the residue of these perspectives to be seen in the work I create. My imagery forms sterile grids that forcefully isolate and examine the associations linking objects and ideas. Each painting is a curated plane, a gestalt archive. For art with feminist intentions, inclusivity is vital. A representational approach is critical to my work, because it is legible to a wider audience and helps to deconstruct the exclusivity of art while carrying on a critical, theoretical conversation. Processing personal fears, societal critiques, and structural curiosities through paint, my work disperses the burden of these collective forces. Through the use of traditionally feminine imagery and historically masculine execution, the androgynous end product becomes a little shrine celebrating the disruption of accepted notions and the exposure of a clandestine machination. Image: Venus Study, 2014.