Currently I am focused on the daily lived experiences of women; their triumphs, their struggles, and everything in between. Drawing on personal narratives, collected stories, literature, and social movements, I have built a body of work which explores the complicated spaces, both personal and public, that women inhabit and move through.
In general, my work revolves around the changing dynamics of relationships between people and community stories in the context of larger social issues. The broader issues addressed through this work are those surrounded by stigma, where this stigma creates silencing and prevents many from talking openly about their own experiences. This silencing increases misconceptions and “othering”: the idea that these experiences exist only for certain kinds of people. My practice strives to create spaces for conversation, opportunities for education and awareness, and actions for change around these experiences. I seek to make these hard topics more accessible, while still honest, and without sensationalization. Doing so creates space for empathy, action, and change.
My work is most effective when it incorporates multiple mediums. Layered prints and drawings share personal, complex stories and perspectives and are the backdrop for performances which highlight the statistics directly impacting the community where the stories live. Objects and installations archive the various languages associated with the stories and give audiences an opportunity to interact physically with these ideas. Working in installations, performance, social practice, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting together means each piece works contextually in larger bodies of work to highlight larger narratives and/or social issues while individually telling the stories of those people directly impacted by the story. In my most recent work, I have intentionally created opportunities for collaboration with other artists, organizers, activists, and advocates to bring additional voices to enrich the conversations I am creating. Most importantly, I strive to create work which invites audiences to engage and gives them an opportunity to examine something from a perspective that is not their own.
I believe that by focusing on the extremely personal we can understand and experience something more universal. I also acknowledge the limits of our understanding each other and the limits of our relationships with one another. I am concerned with addressing and discovering these limits. I am driven by the philosophy that understanding comes through experience and ultimately this belief drives the core of my work, and all that I do.