A collection of related works about process, personal and constructed identities, craft materials and meaning, drawing and language.
I tend to make artifacts. A group of objects and images are the best way for me to explain how I think; like an unraveled rebus. Collections and materials can be condensed into a network of visual patterns, materials, and forms. A single item can disrupt the rhythm; creating a place where strange relationships may elude to a queer or peculiar outlier.
I seek out memories that shed light on people, places and things that common histories have obscured. This is essential in a world where those of us whose identities don't fit certain ideals are often marginalized. I reimagine narratives—layered and coded, and I make relicts as traces of a revisionist history. If a memory, a moment in time is meant to matter emotionally, symbolically or mystically, rituals and artifacts will be close at hand.
I work in an array of mixed media and process-heavy approaches and materials. That said, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics are at the core of my art. My methods are informed by craft traditions and require many of its fundamental materials, including clay, wood, and textiles. The performing arts are important traditions for me, so while working I tend to envision theatrical situations. These influences often trigger the creation of characters that require costumes, props, performance, and photography. The combination of signs in my work is not a closed thought, but rather it is an outcome that serves to create a space for intimate experiences and identification with a personal or shared memory.