On a recent vacation to where I grew up, I was unsettled. Feeling like a stranger in the city where I once felt eternally rooted, I saw the ghost of myself in the places I used to haunt. I am from Manhattan where the notion of “vacation” can be encapsulated in the foreign aesthetic of Southern California in the 80s: palm trees, convertibles, Patrick Nagel prints, and a bikini clad, over-teased blonde rollerblading in front of a Venice Beach sunset. Each piece in "I'm On Vacation" is constructed from this duality. They contain both a stylized aesthetic that is a caricature of what a vacation is meant to be and the elements that I inherently associates with my experience growing up in New York City.
This body of work was for a solo exhibition at Stumptown in Portland, OR.