As an interdisciplinary artist, I establish content themes by turning my materials into metaphors. The current focus of my practice is photography and hand-cut collage making that utilizes paper ephemera and found objects. My work often relies on juxtaposed images that are controversial because they deal with feminist and identity issues.
The female figure is central to my art because I have experienced change and trauma with my own body. For my photographic work, I often use myself as the main subject. By capturing experiences through images of myself, I can speak to systemic issues. This work also allows me to reflect on my relationship with the camera, specifically, looking at fragmentation by thinking of the world as a completed puzzle that I am taking apart.
Photographs have always been part of my practice, even when I am not creating photographic work. They are an art form as much as they serve as inspirational source material. My photographs in both film and digital formats capture feelings of isolation through images of the human body and physical spaces. Often, I work on series of self-portraiture, taking pictures of myself in places that I inhabit both in daily life and when traveling. My interest in photography is apparent in my collage work as well because most of the work is composed of photos found in old albums and magazines.
There is an excitement to the process of collage making that is inexplicable. Looking and finding materials in vintage media, including pornographic magazines like Playboy, is the nexus of my process. Thrift stores, flea markets, and vintage shops have an abundance of old magazines, books, photographs, and paper ephemera, which I collect as collage fodder. I use vintage items to articulate contemporary ideas and issues by using images of women and placing them against backgrounds of nature or scenes that seem out of place. I create visual metaphors that use animal imagery as well. Ultimately, I enjoy telling a new story by recontextualizing old images.
My work explores the variety of people’s relationships as well as the emotions connected to them. Whether it is familial ties or romantic partnerships, the projects I create unpack how and why humans need one another. I also look at the inequalities between different people, predominantly by gender, specifically regarding issues of grief, sexual trauma, harassment, domestic violence, abortion, and body acceptance. I also try to incorporate humorous elements amidst these intense depictions of human experiences. Sometimes, using laughter helps create a gateway for viewers to digest more difficult subjects.
By creating tangible work, my art allows me to let go of challenging experiences and move toward healing. Through this process, I am cognizant about how to include the viewer to relate their own experiences to mine. After all, by feeling the range of emotions that is ever-present in my work, perhaps the viewer can learn something new about themselves as well.