Neri has labored, layered, scrubbed, and scratched her canvases to produce work that embraces figuration and celebrates the act of painting. Her paintings speak of the vulnerability and emotions, the struggle and joy in finding human connection, and the visceral experience of being human. Her approach to art making tackles the history of figurative painting and her own place as an artist. Some work is in direct response to particular paintings or themes in art history. Others are visual meditations on how it feels to move through this particular place in time.
Neri has always worked with an undercurrent of subtle political influence. This new body of work reflects the artist’s own restlessness with a dominating power system that has survived generations of political protests and the fight for equality and social change. Graphite on newsprint, printed text, and images ripped out of magazines pushed into raw or prepped canvases often engage with the figure. This practice speaks to the multiplicity of fragmented information streaming constantly via social media and the news and entertainment business.