My work is an inquiry into the process of image-making and the influence of image on perception. Further, I examine how human perception and the world we inhabit and shape are mutually affecting. My work challenges modes of representation in contemporary society.
I believe as humans we assign truth to what we see—rather naïvely. I suggest the reexamination of knowledge by casting doubt on what is perceived as “real.”
I commit to physical form the experiences, feelings, memories, and moments that I experience—to document a history through visualization.
I use my art to share experiences that can’t be put into words. I speak to the spaces in between the concrete, evidence-based, or rational parts of being alive. I speak about the power of the subconscious; of dreams and the human imagination. I tap into the irrationality of the human experience, particularly behavior and response to intense affective states. I place emotional impulses in the context of an inanimate exterior world.
Binary distinctions are called into question—particularly between self and other. My work engages with the body as analogous to the organic. Thematically I am drawn to intersections between human compulsions and sexuality. I explore these perspectives from within my personal lens.
I was born in Seattle to a botanist mother and stonemason father, the youngest of four children. I was raised in Maple Valley, Washington, in a densely forested neighborhood on the northern outskirts of town. I have studied art in Bilbao, Spain, and in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington. When I was a young child, my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. My parents co-owned properties and ran adult toy/video stores until their divorce when I was a teenager. The ensuing tension and difficulty in my life has been a wellspring for introspection.
My work is grounded in selfhood and my search for identity. I have spent a great deal of time living with mentally ill family members. My work is informed by my explorations of my subconscious and in examining the irrationality of living.
My work is a split between the natural and the constructed; it looks at human impact, experience, and urges; and it examines deeply felt sensations of the mind and body.
I use photography, oil painting, and drawing to convey my sentiments. I am drawn to tactical, physical media that records my manual input.
My personal background has influenced my study of evolutionary psychology and my preference for biologically based perspectives.