ARTIST STATEMENT

The various arms of my creative practice all extend from a singular goal of exploring bio-psycho-spiritual processes. Dancing in between research on neurology, theology, psychology, and culture, I create out of places of overlap where many of us dwell but have a hard time elaborating. Recently, I've been observing the psychology behind how I (and other artists) relate to our materials and how it parallels the ways we navigate every day life. I've been moving in my practice towards a healthier, more intuitive direction- allowing materials to reveal their own narratives as opposed to exerting total control and thus producing creative anxiety.

Since the gap between my "art practice" and "life practice" is ever closing, the challenge is to create from vulnerable personal experience while still being accessible and beneficial to the viewer. The mixed media pieces being made now are very performative and intimate in nature, but operating out a spirit of generosity towards others is still very important to me. With those that interact with my work, my desire is to provide visually therapeutic spaces where unexplainable spiritual/emotional states can be mirrored and experienced. In simple terms, I want viewers to feel seen. I try to accomplish this by including human elements, arranged in odd and disconnected ways, to ground the viewer and portray the ways in which we feel disorganized in our bodies. Visual elements, ones I select using a synesthetic connection between meanings and color/shape/textures, allow for the reconciliation of disembodied senses. They represent spiritual practices, psychological frameworks, and neurological processes.

 

The state of having "mixed feelings" is a place I live in constantly, which the older I get the more I realize comes from belonging to 3 very different cultures and growing up constantly negotiating my identity depending on who I'm engaging with. For many first generation Americans, the weight of our identities shifts depending on what setting we are in. It causes a great deal of anxiety until maturity teaches us to rest in the in-between and be at peace with being fragments of many different things. My art practice is a celebration of cultural and spiritual complexity.