Mommy Mayhem: 65 Layers Painted #5, 12" x 9," Acrylic on Canvas, 2021
This abstract expressionist painting has blue, green, red, white, orange and pink colours. is inspired by my digital collages. My Mommy Mayhem Series stems from documenting my three kids and their perpetual messes through life drawing and painting. I combine 65 layers of this observational art in Photoshop to make digital collages that inform new paintings. The bright, vibrant colours come from in children’s debris (meaning their toys, crafts, books, clothing, and messes) and are layered over multiple painting sessions. The vague imagery that emerges echoes the mayhem of motherhood.
The paintings are based on my digital collages and blur the distinction between representation and abstraction. Gestural paint marks in acrylic and oil are built up on canvas through repetition.