In my latest series I am exploring connections between the birth of synthetic pigments and drugs, both of which occurred in the late 19th century. In particular I’m interested in how the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modernist Abstraction art movements of the time might relate to these technological and philosophical changes. In the works below I paint mixing actual drugs with oil or acrylic, oftentimes creating dots using actual pills or pill packaging to create a kind of “pharma-pointillism”. Imagery consists of adaptations of art historical works and appropriated images from contemporary pharmaceutical advertising, which share a remarkable similarity (scenes of family leisure such as picnicking, nature, and urban settings). I work with different synthetic surfaces including Kevlar ballistic fabric and Tyvek as well as traditional canvas, creating works which are layered with meaning and history.