Part of the ongoing 300 for 300 project for the Times Picayune. Dorothy Dix is a very interesting woman to me. I chose to embellish her with botanical elements because during her time writing advice columns and covering crime stories she was the highest paid female writer in the world; when you plant a seed like that it helps opportunities grow for other women who follow. I included a quote from one of her most popular columns entitled “Ten Rules For Happiness”. I recommend looking up the whole list, but the text I included is from Number 9 which reads, “Do something for somebody less fortunate than yourself. Minister to other people’s trouble and you will forget your own. Happiness is a coin that we keep only when we give it away.” She also wrote a scathing article once called "The selfishness of men”, describing a terrible event where, during a boat accident, the men onboard stole all the lifeboat space from women and children; it felt real in a way a male journalist would not have portrayed it. I also love this quote by her: "I pondered for a long time on what line I should take; and then it came to me that everything in the world had been written about women and for women, except the truth." -- Dorothy Dix, as quoted in The Times-Picayune in 1951
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Gouache on paper
12" x 12"
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I am a painter, muralist, illustrator, and designer, living and working in the French Quarter. I work in a variety of painting media including oil, acrylic, gouache, and house paint, and my painting style varies widely according to the chosen media. My work emphasizes the strength of femininity and nature, attempting to offer space for peace (particularly in these times of great national strife). I am originally from Atlanta, but have lived in Prague, Boston, Chicago, New York, Halifax, and Cape Town before settling in New Orleans in 2014. Each place has contributed invaluable inspiration for my studio practice, for which I will be forever grateful for. In addition to painting projects, I also co-run Luna Raae, a vintage clothing pop up that focuses on celebrating New Orleans style expression and encourages divestment from fast fashion.
My oil paintings, which I call "Where-Scapes", explore imaginary spaces that linger between worlds and inspire a sense of curiosity as coping mechanism for loss. I am thinking about the dualism of absence and presence, exploring where a human imprint is felt in an ethereal space and light can emerge from darkness.
My 'Saints' are created on salvaged wood using acrylic or latex paint. They are imaginary deities inspired by the celebratory spirituality of the crescent city, containing elements of medieval iconography, Russian nesting dolls, contemporary street art, and American folk art. These goddess figures are intended to bring good energy into the spaces they inhabit. They are a meditative release to create, an opportunity to play with color and pattern in inventing character.
My murals involve layers of botanical imagery, encouraging reflection on the unparalleled beauty of our natural world, and our tragic, but primary, role in its destruction. I hope to inspire a sense of joyful calm within small businesses and homes in the city, similar to that which can be achieved in nature as a reminder for the value of its conservation.
I am very grateful to Where Y'Art and the Nola Media Group for having me participate in the 300 for 300 project, highlighting remarkable people who have contributed to the beautiful place we all call home. I do all of these portraits in gouache on paper, using information gathered through research to include elements of each persons story in their portrait. It has been a fun and challenging journey so far and I look forward to working on this throughout the year.
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