About Poses a Threat

Poses a Threat is a series of works which investigates negative perceptions of women by presenting the female figure as an symbol of toxicity. These paintings were inspired by my fascination with microbiology—particularly how pathogens work together to invade cells and cause disease. In these scenes, groups of women engage in mysterious choreography, carrying out a graceful but sinister performance. They are dressed in flesh-colored leotards that label their bodies with warning signs, cryptic signifiers, and alarm codes, alluding to the notion that femaleness is a hazard, warranting caution and control. I see these paintings as a kind of tongue-in-cheek comment on the culture of fear that plagues empowered women.