These are blacklight paintings that I made for a BFA art show, which I had the privilege of being a part of. I wanted to break the traditional stereotype of blacklight paintings as only belonging in college dorm room parties. Incorporating ultraviolet lighting with my painting practice involved a fully immersive process of flipping on and off the lights to test my fluorescent paint colors in normal studio lighting and with the blacklight floodlamps on. Unlike neon paints, fluorescent paints are blacklight reactive and glow when exposed to ultraviolet lights. The subjects featured were myself and my family members, along with family friends, from a holiday dinner that year. The contemporaneous aspect of the paintings meant that they should be taken as a record, or document, of our group's participation in that moment of art history, rather than advancing an artist's opinion or original comment on the condition of arts and letters. In other words, the paintings were reflective, quite literally, and not suggestive. Their innovation exists in the material experimentation and execution of the pieces, but not with conceptual ideas or addressing the art-historical conversation directly. As such, that is something I'd like to continue working towards in my ongoing painting and digital arts practice today.

It's Hard To Be A Person
all-digital art show
La Verne Krause Gallery
Reception 2-14-2019