Through my work, I combine traditional sculpture practices with experimental installation explorations, raw materials, video, sound, and poetry. Our world is filled with a constant stream of notifications with little hierarchy when it comes to their order and delivery: nuclear weapons, marriages, assault, baby showers, genocide, miscarriages, natural disaster, break-ups, overdose—the filtering and sterilization of this information creates a subtly discomforting numbness for voyeurs when it is the immediate and inescapable reality of others. I work representationally with human figures, pushing the line between decay and regeneration, torment and ecstacy—humans are contradictory creatures. While some of my sculptures seem invested in traditional realism, something is very off about them: an extra set of hands, a fracturing and deteriorating body, a figure birthing its own head.
I’m interested in the notion of creation as it has been interpreted through creation myths, religious doctrines, and the female subject. Though women have physically and socially been boxed into the role of creators, agency over this position is still being denied around the world. Through art and storytelling, women have been pinned to the trope of mother-earth figures, inseparable from nature and animals, treated and presented as fertile vessels for reproduction. While mother earth and creator figures can be empowering, where fact and fiction intersect it is clear that these representations of women have in some way contributed to being denied basic autonomy and access to contraception and abortion rights. I subvert the historical “traditional female nude” as well as abstractions of female figures as they have been represented by men throughout history by creating my own figures charged with raw and abject expression.