Solo project of site-specific painting at the Luminary Center for the Arts.
The Nymph’s Reply is a painting-based installation that combines Elizabethan decorative tropes and John White’s watercolors of indigenous Algonquin Indians as a vehicle for exploring early colonial visual culture.
Finding inspiration in Sir Walter Raleigh’s pastoral poem of the same title, the installation is simultaneously tightly rendered and chaotic. The appropriated references are transformed into the large-scale paintings, creating a surreal juxtaposition of previously disparate elements united by the artist’s process. The result is a cloud of collaged forms that arrange into a dense symbolic field of multiple historical timelines and references, in an attempt to make sense of conflicting colonial narratives.