[For full effect, cue "More Than This" by Roxy Music.]
The New Romantics series was created in late 2017 and early 2018—during the height of the Me Too movement—as an exploration of my own relationship to the issues surrounding sexual assault and harassment as well as underlying, internalized belief systems that had manifested in my relationship patterns and history. Extremely expressive in nature, each painting was created in a ritualistic manner, a kind of artistic witchcraft that acted to transmute energy. As the series progressed, the color palette broke down into a more minimal, 2-color recipe of hot pink and black on white, a nod to the 1980s. The title of the series refers to the genre of music that was popular at that time and during my adolescence, as ingrained belief systems about relationships and roles of women were being formed. The series was short-lived, as I moved on when I found a certain level of clarity and release.