Putting the pieces together....
Collage and printmaking enable for me to reflect on the world as I understand it and shift the narrative to how I want others to perceive it. The story-telling qualities of my artwork play as important of a role as its aesthetic properties. I am attracted to the analog tradition of cut-and-paste art because it allows for me to work closely with my hands. I enjoy the ability to feel my artwork from a variety of angles which helps to inform how the piece will progress. I have the ability upon sense of touch to evaluate different ways that two pieces can seamlessly fit together- or in some instances, contrast each other entirely. The tactile process becomes part of the finished piece.
While rooted in the memory of the familiar, I aim to provoke the viewers’ understanding of uncertainty: in the natural world and beyond. Many of the more naturalistic collages are directly linked expressions of my personal history, ideas of self, or definitions of home. I find that I project myself into the figures I use for these collages. Despite their deeply personal beginnings, they are still intended to be read by a universal audience. The feelings that the visual imagery or placed text evoke call to memory of my viewers’ own memories, experiences, and ideals.
The collages that I create placed in another dimension are meant to represent an altered universe. I experiment with the illusion of materiality by heavily playing with the scale of objects, composition, and color scheme. Sometimes the underlying story is simply found in the title: it does not explicitly direct the viewers’ attention towards a given point; however, it helps to guide their attention towards an elusive idea that I, as the creator, possess. These new worlds are born out of my imagination, but I do not ask the viewer to invent as I do. I call them to remember.
Printmaking is a different medium, but many of the same things from collage apply. I use my skills to create different forms of prints and artist books. The tactile qualities of the process are therapeutic despite being repetitive. Although print is primarily a two-dimensional visual experience, much of my work investigates how to get those pieces to reach the hands of the viewer. This investigation has led me to creating three-dimensional tunnel books, zines exploring niche topics, as well as hand-pulled silkscreen books and postcards. No matter the medium, I aim to create artwork of new voice: to be read and experienced, fully lived.