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The Ghost Paintings began when I rediscovered my cut-off ponytail in my studio and transformed it into a design motif in the form of an ancient relief painting. Taking a vestige of my own body and reproducing its form both commercialized and devalued the object. I attempted to create “sameness”, as opposed to “identical” by creating using the same motif with everyday objects and organic matter - such as leaves, usb cables, grits, and sand - found at neighboring 99 cent stores or in my home. The paintings were made as if they were passed down from generation to generation like an heirloom, depicting an evolution of memory, time, and change. Together, the paintings developed a performative function, one taking the place of the other in each others’ absence. This ongoing series studies the feminized body as an abstract concept that can turn into language, movement and geometry.