Anger Management is a series of paintings based on the uncontrollability
of rage, and the cycle of provocation and reaction that perpetuates throughout
the outward expression of anger in women.
My love of graphic novels inspired
me to use a storyboard sequence so that the audience can see the subject as
she travels through the stages of her “episode.” At times, I pull from this
sequence the climax of rage and isolate those instances in one piece or a triptych.
I use photography to help capture the spontaneity of actions that the anger
produces, but since this project is very much a personal exploration as well,
I employ a technique called Xerography, a process of painting over Xeroxed
photographs. To ensure the durability of the work I transfer the images onto
the canvas by using a matte medium and then scrub the paper off before painting
it over. This entire process of creation gives me an opportunity to manage
my own anger, document it and move on.
My motivation stems from my frustration
at societal standards for a woman's conduct. It seems to me that throughout
history anger in women has been stifled and baulked at leading many women to
internalize this pain. These paintings
act as a forum in which women are captured in the midst of expressing their
As this project has grown I have begun to incorporate images
and text from 1950's/1960's self-help books, including Yes You Can: Timeless
Advice from Self-Help Experts a compilation by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz.
I believe that the truthful images of women expressing their anger and the
advice from an era that was so willing to overlook frustrations will help mold
Anger Management into a more three dimensional documentary of what women still