A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
My studio practice investigates universal questions of Self. Through process, performance, and installation, I use the body as the tool of measurement that considers our questions of Being. I explore the nuanced facets of emotion and how they evolve as we experience them. Involved with that experience is how we communicate with others and the vulnerability that ensues.
I investigate the act of longing. Not necessarily romantic longing, but more a desire for difference. Our many forms of longing include moments of adoration, jubilance, anger, sadness, and alienation. Investigating body language, my work targets fleeting gestures/interactions that provide clues about desire. There is opportunity to be understood or misunderstood. Like many tenuous situations, obstacles need to be overcome; sometimes they are and sometimes they are met with defeat.
My work asks questions of the viewer. The questions I ask are honest, without the constructed presentation of Self. I explore one's longing while imposing reciprocity, requiring the viewer to learn rules for engagement.
Selected engagement with the audience includes the power of Silence. I view Silence as a form of activism- one where power lies in earning the trust of the viewer. This exchange suggests a willingness to be understood through the politics of communication. My work is intentionally spare, tedious, and sometimes monotonous. Longing is a labored emotion but my work strives to eliminate the gloss of constructed presumptions. This allows one to consider their personal stance on said concept and become involved- cerebrally, emotionally, and conceptually. They, too, become part of the work by either choosing to engage or ignore, thus validating the politics of the work.