There are such experiences in life in which mere words cannot begin to convey their magnitude. For instance, witnessing the birth of a child or the moment in time which you watch a loved one's last breath. We toil away, struggling to explain in words these overwhelming events in the world that engulfs our every sense. Art making, for me, is a means of visual language to bridge the gap between mere words and the magnitude of the experiences they portray.
As an artist it is important to acknowledge the value and challenge of communication. I have come to work in an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing an interlacing of media, such as Printmaking, Performance, Installation, Photography, and Sculpture. With a focus on the role of the body and it's central importance in the rituals of life, I create a language of self. Recognizing the potency and inadequacy of words, I make use of the incorporation of a variety of media as well as metaphoric layers as a means to overcome the limitations of words. Thus, I am able to comment on the human condition without detaching myself from it. In doing so, I provide a socially acceptable forum for the expression of emotions society deems too delicate or taboo to vocalize.
Artwork, as visual language is where the drawn mark figuratively emerges from the flat plane and engages the audience on a personal and interactive level. My work exists where our textual language leaves off and the visual language of art begins to convey what is beyond.
Studies Include: BFA - Webster University St. Louis, MO
MFA - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
Penland School of Crafts
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