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I make art to reflect on themes of time and identity. These issues stem from my continuous journey of self-discovery and struggle to overcome the pressures of life experiences. I am interested in creating work that references the body through physical and psychological means. Using mark making systems I create … Read More
I make art to reflect on themes of time and identity. These issues stem from my continuous journey of self-discovery and struggle to overcome the pressures of life experiences. I am interested in creating work that references the body through physical and psychological means. Using mark making systems I create parallel bodies of work; one purely based on the documentation of physical labor and the other in which I encapsulate emotions within representational renderings of the human figure.
I apply a variety of media on paper in my practice including ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolors or a combination of these and take advantage of each of their unique nuances to convey a specific narrative. This involves arranging individual marks in a certain pattern or copiously layering them to form larger masses which are characterized by a wide range of values and subtle textures. Exploring the body through mark making allows me to become aware of both my physical and cognitive sensibilities. My obsession with the layering of the material has evolved into a catharsis in which the essence of each piece is ultimately about achieving a sense of solace.
With my current work I intend to illustrate the power the mind has over the body—that our experiences and perceptions shape our ability to function as individuals. I delve into the realms of vulnerability, physical and emotional limitations, and disfigurement by obscuring, deforming, and merging nude bodies. Bare skin and allusions to sexual intercourse symbolize the deeply profound influence our burdens can have on the mind. This as well as references to mythology, folklore, and congenital defects inform my drawings which serve as a metaphor to depict the hardships and challenges we face in our everyday lives.
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