I am a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, installation, and performance art. These mediums have propelled my investigations of work, labor, and action, values and ethics, public vs. private, torment and release, violence and tenderness, and craftsmanship. I reference the body as a site where the development or experience and language resides and where it can be used as a receptacle for memory and transformation.
My works are heavily influenced by the wide variety of materials and processes that I was exposed to by my mother as I was growing up. She was a taxidermist and an industrial seamstress among other trades. I draw inspiration from working with similar materials which come with a narrative prior to my possession of them. Gathering materials ranging from animal bones, leathers, fine fabrics and found objects, I take pleasure in the process of combining them with clay, metal, wood, and performance to create new identities and untold stories.
Through the use of narrative, I am addressing the questions and issues of expectations, boundaries, goals, validation, and the widespread concerns that are placed upon individuals by culture, society, and ourselves.