Artist Statement


Artist Statement

 

My work emerges from the intersection of identity and emotional histories; a way of childhood salvation established by transforming the volatile chaos that surrounded me at home into worlds I could control. Through abstract sculpture and installations I explore notions of loss, power, love and vulnerability to express the emotional memories of my life experiences.

From situations in my past where I had little agency over my life, my inherent need to control situations remains strong. As I work through the tensions of my desire for control I embrace the tenderness and vulnerability of knowing we only have influence over ourselves. The narratives of my work often expose unspoken experiences, opening an avenue for me to connect with others through the work. By looking back I make sense of the present.

My background as a scenic artist and designer for the theater influences every aspect of my creative practice, from my love of engaging with the public, my inherent curiosity of both processes and materials, the telling of narratives and my intuitive spatial instincts. The physicality and repetitive nature in the process of paper making, hand-stitching and wet felting bring me back to my body. I use these traditional craft techniques as a meditative means to unpack my emotional past.