My work is derived from a combination of memory, fantasy and fiction, often drawing from Western folklore through the use of iconic characters. I am particularly interested in the duality of characters that represent American idealism, yet were often tragic figures in their actual lives. Much of my work is about exposing the reality behind these public façades.
Judy Garland is a reoccurring heroine in my collages. Her classic film, The Wizard of Oz, is full of magic and pure artificial joy; yet Garland's real life was quite tragic. For me she represents a loss of innocence. Garland and many of the female characters in my work have a look of bliss or artificial happiness, while many of the male characters represent the ominous "man behind the curtain" or the creators of the stories. These characters are mythological to me and make up much of my subconscious.
I strive to create scenes through which the viewer can experience the influence or spell that timeless narratives can cast over our lives. These stories contain so many archetypes and subliminal messages which provide an endless source of inspiration. Often, I combine several fairy tales to give an overall sense of these stories, staging familiar characters in menacing landscapes. By appropriating idealized American scenes, such as Disneyland and Yellowstone National Park, and creating a non-linear narrative, I intentionally leave the situation ambiguous in order for the viewer to relate their own experiences to the suggested scenarios. The juxtaposition of contemporary cultural views-exhibited through familiar subjects-with an idealized American society creates a Post-Utopia.
Playing with color is central to my process. I create candy-colored surfaces that are so sweet it's sick, and incorporate colors sampled from vintage record covers. The contrast of sparkling rays and neon colors against weathered, dull tones acts as a metaphor for the duality within the characters. In order to create large-scale work, I enlarge images from their original source. The appropriated images are drawn from film and amusement memorabilia, primarily from the 1950's and 1960's. I like this time period because the line quality of the drawings is minimal and the subjects are rich with American idealism.
In collage, works on paper, and installation-based work, her familiar subjects undergo surreal, psychedelic, hypnotic, and other unsettling tranformations.
-Rene Paul Barilleaux, McNay Art Museum
b. 1982, San Antonio, TX
Rock City, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
Last Resort, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX
Post-Utopia, David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX
NEVERENDING STORY, Thunderbird, Marfa, TX
Worn by the Sun, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX
Magnetic Fields, Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Project Room, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
Works on Paper, Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Dissecting Disney, New Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Insulation Incubation, Closet Space Gallery, Austin, TX
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Texas Biennial, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Prelude, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
New Works on Paper, David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX
COL-LAGE, organized by Kinzelman Art Consulting, Bank of America Tower, Houston, TX
McNay Art Museum, Artists Looking at Art, San Antonio, TX
Works on Paper, David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Invited 6, Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, San Antonio, TX
IN-APPROPRIATE, Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2010, Fl!ght Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Lonely are the Brave, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
Chalk It Up, showcase artist, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
So the Story Goes..., Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Medicine Show, Ballroom Marfa and ArtLies, Marfa, TX
Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
Dark Objects, Light Matter; Galleri Urbane; Marfa, TX
Texas Biennale, Bolm Studios, Austin, TX
Sprout, Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX
Santa Chiara: Food Concepts, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
University of Texas at Austin, B.F.A, Studio Art
2000 - 2002
San Antonio College
Santa Chiara Study Center, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
GRANTS AND AWARDS
New American Paintings, West, Issue #108
Visual Arts Grant, Artist Foundation of San Antonio
Women & Their Work Award
Stanley Light, Dallas, TX
Whitney H. More, Ft. Worth, TX
Adrienne Yost, Houston, TX
Cathy Echols, Houston, TX
Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, TX
Liz Anders, Houston, TX
Michael Griffin, Dallas, TX
Jill Whitten and Robert G. Proctor, Houston, TX
Sam and Jerry Gore, San Antonio, TX
John Bloodsworth, San Antonio, TX
Josh Levine, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Joel and Lori Dunlap, San Antonio, TX
C. Thomas Wright, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Clinton Wright, Houston, TX
Liz and Matt Tullis, San Antonio, TX
Steven Evans, San Antonio, TX
Brad Parman, San Antonio, TX
Rick Liberto, San Antonio, TX
Lynn Bell Berryman, San Antonio, TX
Vance Knowles, Marfa, TX
Dr. and Mrs. C. D. Shelton, New Braunfels, TX
Travis Capps and Lee Anthony, Houston, TX
Libby D. Tilley, Austin, TX
Guillermo Nicholas and Jim Foster, San Antonio, TX
Virginia Lebermann and John Wotowicz, Marfa, TX
Kathryn Kanjo and David Jurist, San Diego, CA
Atwell, Wendy. Sala Diaz, San Antonio. Might Be Good. Issue # 154. Foraging For New Definition. 10/1/10.
Morris, Jerid. The Mother Country. The Current. September 8-14, 2010.
Silva, Elda & Bennett, Steve. Best of 2009: Visual Arts. Express News. 12/26/2009.
Judson, Ben. Lonely Are the Brave. Artlies. No. 63. Fall 2009. P. 102.
Fisch, Sarah. Lately Come the ‘Brave.' San Antonio Current. August 12 -18, 2009. P.26.
Goddard, Dan. "Lonely Are the Brave." At Blue Star. August 2009. http://glasstire.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3526>sect=Articles>cat=Review
Bennett, Steve. Dark Cloud Hangs Over Artist's Happy Places. San Antonio Express News. June 2009.
Ras, Barbara. Art at Your Doorstep. Trinity Press. Curator Riley Robinson. Designer McGINTY. May 2008.
Wolff, Elaine. Happily never after. San Antonio Current. February 20, 2008.
Belasco, Jessica. Childhood stories turn to the dark side. 210SA, January 30, 2008. P. 27.
Galleri Urbane artists weave heavy subjects with light materials, The Big Bend Sentinel. April 5, 2007.P.6