Weekend Warriors

In 2012-3, I made small to medium sized studies on paper depicting my peers curled up in their cars, with their respective outdoor recreation equipment. The series explored the motif of the container or vessel–i.e. womb, automobile, unbound natural space, an uncluttered mind. The project grew from a personal desire to foster a movement of women who, like me, continued to play in the outdoors well into adulthood. During these few years, the oldest of what is now called the Millenial generation were being dubbed the Peter Pan generation. The social sculpture aspect of the portrait series proved temporary in the face of many possible factors. Despite growing up under Title IX, female athlete enthusiasts over 28 are still rare and the team fielded is only an imaginary army today.

I often participated in outdoor extreme sports with sitters before making their portrait. Inspiration for this series included Allan Kaprow’s The Blurring of Art and Life essays, federal civil rights law Title IX, the early “Peter Pan Generation” name for the group that later became “Millennials,” and American cultural mores about respectability, womanhood, aging, play, work, and art.

Surfer in Truck (Santa Cruz Venus), pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil on paper, 21 x 29 inches (before frame and mat), 2013
Diver with Scuba Gear in Truck, mixed media on paper, 17 x 22 inches (before frame and mat), 2013
Paddle Boarder Securing Boards in Truck, 18 x 22 inches (before frame and mat), 2013
Hikers R and S Putting on Shoes in the Car Doorway, 11 x 14 inches (before frame and mat), colored pencil, pastel, and ink on paper, 2013
Santa Ana Cyclist in Truck, 18 x 22 inches (before frame and mat), pastel and ballpoint pen, 2012
Sailor with Sabot in Van Trunk, 19 x 18 inches (before frame and mat), pastel and ink on paper, 2013
Synchronized Swimmer in Her Van Trunk with Nose Clips, Goggles, and Fins, 28 x 17 inches (unframed), pastel and ink on paper, 2013
Campers in Car Trunk (“I wonder if anyone commented on our Yosemite pictures yet”), 23 x 38 inches (before frame and mat), mixed media, 2013
Kyackers Loading Truck (Mother and Child), 22 x 15 inches, colored pencil and ink, 2013
ErikoClimber81, 13 x 12 inches, pencil and ink on paper, 2013
Surfgrl82, 18 x 15 inches, colored pencil on paper, 2013
C and M (Burkini Surf series), pencil and ink on paper, 9 x 11 inches, 2012
Rosard31, colored pencil and ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches, 2013

Kiter in her Car with Her Board (Live Sketch), 12 x 13 inches (unframed), ballpoint pen, pastel, neon ink, 2013

Paddle Boarder HI, colored pencil and ink on paper, 8.5 x 11in, 2012
Surfer Loading Board into Van, 11 x 14 inches (unframed), colored pencil and ink on paper, 2012
SF Surfer with Long Board in Back of Car, 22 x 16 inches (before frame and mat), spray paint, oil pastel, colored pencil, and acrylic on watercolor paper, 2013