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Like the Sea

Like the Sea (2013—2014) is a series of mixed-media drawings portraying the artist’s two younger brothers as the sole characters. The subjects are surrounded by a variety of abstracted, tapestried landscapes indicative of the diverse locales in which the siblings have resided. The shifting of context is a motif throughout the series, representing the impermanence and precarity of “home” as an emotional and physical sense of belonging. Delving into ideas of presence, placement, a feeling of contentment and complacency in oneself, while expressing the personal attachment for her brothers, the series exemplifies themes involving the intimate and the universal, simultaneously. In short, the series embraces contradictions that speak to love and the series as a whole is an expression of love in the process of its making. It’s title is inspired by an excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937): "Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore."  

The exhibition for the series, Like the Sea, opened on the 1st of May 2014 on view through May 31st at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.