While studying art history I became incredibly interested in the question of art accessibility and how to bridge the divide between fine art and our daily lives. I’ve always been drawn to everyday materials and processes—sharpies, stamps, stencils, hole punching, and embossing—and inspired by everyday life. I purposely use materials that are accessible to everyone. My hope is that my art can act as an entry point for people who otherwise might be intimidated by fine art. That’s why I’m interested in collage. It’s a medium we all explored as children and that can reconnect us with art later in life.
In my collages and mixed media work I’ve been drawing on political and cultural events, not in a didactic way, but to capture through my art important moments we’re living through. Politics is a language of power and symbols. My work creates layered visual narratives that examine the political power, representation, progress and regression of women in the United States. Using collage and text, I build works that are, like the subjects they grapple with, at once representational and abstract, feminine and violent, playful and ominous. Progress for women was once taken for granted, but in the age of Trump that has changed.
At the same time in our tech addicted world, where speed is glorified, I want to create art that brings serenity, wonder, whimsy into peoples lives. Inspired by Buddhist art, particularly mandalas, I use repetition and the exploration of one image or detail, to create opportunities to pause and reflect. I want my work to evoke in others their own creativity, especially in a world where so many people are afraid to tap into their artistic side.