I consider myself a people-watcher. I enjoy investigating the reasons why people do the things they do, paying attention to the emotions that fuel their actions. In response, the art I make focuses largely on the concept of nostalgia and its seemingly universal way of causing simultaneous happiness and sadness. This can be caused by memories of people, familiar environments, or a wispy longing for another time. Everyone can conjure a nugget of nostalgia from within themselves, and those sentiments can often be shared throughout a generation. That unique, fervent feeling that comes from digging through other lifetimes captivates me, and inspires me to unearth those moments and put them on display. While sometimes this can unlock a flood of experiences to be waxed on with friends, it also serves as a way to confront and consider harder times in one’s past. I explore this somber phenomenon between the past and the present by recalling those memories that have the power to embolden or dishearten -and sometimes both. I’ve utilized a host of media while expressing the distinctive feeling of nostalgia. My ceramic work has the capacity to bring those echoes of another time into the round, making physical interactions with these recollections more real and tactile. Similarly, I create sculptural jewelry that allows me to proudly wear my past. These works are inspired by my lifelong experiences in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I have experienced the comfort of childhood morph into the colder realities of adulthood. My prints give me multiple opportunities to fine-tune my intentions so I can capture this emotion in the purest way. By using saturated colors, whimsical exaggeration and candid imagery, I invite the audience into my view of one of the most intense emotions. Much like how one's childhood memories feel bigger and more extreme through the lens of retrospect, my art brings those magnified moments from the deep, dark back of the head and brings them to life for confrontation.
The artwork I make deals with my social awkwardness. I use printmaking techniques such as intaglio, lithography, and linocut relief as a way to communicate my thoughts and feelings. This allows me to have control over the narrative. I also use charcoal, graphite, and digital media as vehicles to express such topics as feminine strength, sexuality, and more specifically my interest in bondage and sadomasochism. Recently the art of Shibari, a traditional Japanese form of restraint has informed my research.
Mental health is another area that I use my art to explore. As I struggle with my own health, I am sharing these feelings as a method of connectivity to others who may find inspiration to discuss and gain knowledge of their own battles. I connect the imagery and the small and specific details with how my mind views these subject matters. I feel that details are important in my art and that they should intrigue the viewer to take a closer look at the work I make.
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