Boise State University
oil on canvas
Tell us about the work that you have submitted.
The oil painting I submitted deals with themes of identity, constructed reality and representation. It was made during the fall of 2017 for an independent study course at Boise State University.
How do you describe your work and practice?
I describe my work as figurative/narrative oil paintings. As a storyteller, I want to create visually compelling work that invites the viewer to linger and attempt to sift through all its components.
What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?
The opportunity to exhibit in San Francisco, Chicago and New York was initially the main motivator to apply. Having my work viewed by so many respected art world professionals was simultaneously scary and exciting. The prize and resume boost were definite factors as well.
What themes regularly resurface?
Identity, constructed reality and representation are recurring themes in my work. As an enrolled member in a federally-recognized tribe, I’m often confronted by ideas of who I am and where I stand in this world.