Artist Statement

Working with banal feminine symbols, words, and objects juxtaposed with gestural abstraction, recognizable images and objects, Ostermann creates grids, windows, and image structures that create a screen through which the picture is perceived. These filters are intentionally defunct, employing layers of transparency and overlap to suggest destabilized meaning and subjective response. The intersection of symbols and recognizable objects [hearts, pearls, letters, etc] and abstract expressionism propose notions of fantasy, decoration, aggressive femininity, as well as root the symbols in a nonexistent material and bodily plane.