Statement

No matter what media I am working in, I am primarily interested in the relationships between form and content.  What something looks like, and what it’s made up of, can often be both deceiving and revealing.  Through my work, I aim to examine the histories behind people and objects, and to understand how past occurrences, human inventions, and various identities make them what they are.

Who we are as individuals and what we are as a society is the result of the confluence of our histories.  In my work, this idea manifests itself in a variety of ways.  In drawing and printmaking, I often use pattern and repetition to create larger forms.  I am interested in both the individual shapes that make up the pattern, and the way that they change when they come together to create a larger image.  This relationship between the various elements constructs several layers of visual content, each as intricate as the next.

In my mixed-media works, I allow the content to make up the form, usually using text references on my subject matter and manipulating them.  By weaving together strips of text from a specific source, I aim to recognize the myriad of histories behind a particular subject, and to create one single entity out of them.   Once all the text is woven together like this, the words are largely indiscernible, just as an object’s history is not immediately obvious at first glance.  Only by careful examination can one find clues as to what the source must be.  Through this work, I am observing my surroundings and examining them anew, looking at them through the context of their various histories.

All of my work is very detail-oriented and labor-intensive.  In works of such a neat, meticulous nature, the very act of making them by hand is extremely important.  In creating them by hand, the irregularity of human nature becomes another element of each piece.  When applied to such precise works, this creates occasional flaws that give the work a sense of humanness and imperfection.

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