Boxed In/Breaking Through, oil on canvas, diptych, 20 x 30 inches each, 2013.
My passion for science fiction inspired a lifelong pursuit of astronomy, spaceflight and science. This, in conjunction with my advocacy work in diversity and equity, enables me to utilize space as a metaphor for accessibility and inclusion.
Glazed layers of vibrant, contemporary colours galvanize and animate the often-perceived dark and lifeless realms of outer space, along with the splashes of mineral spirit and haloes of orbs. This diptych of stunning depth is at first trapped within a geometric cube but eventually breaks free, exemplifying the dichotomy and tension of being restricted and breaking through barriers.
Linking research and imagination, I explore the fluidity of subject matter and materials, as well as the fusion of art and science that my paintings evoke. The vast expansiveness and apparent abstraction of the cosmos is a metaphor for the projection of the self into a space, ultimately encouraging viewers to introspect on the meaning of accessibility.