MFA ’15 Fine Arts Low-Residency
The truth is often stranger than fiction. Through found, altered, and traditional media I draw attention to what is already present in our culture. Using repetitive mark-making and color the gaze is turned towards the issues surrounding us today: communication, identity, societal norms and taboos, privilege, class, whiteness, and all the gray areas in between. I connect with the Japanese ceramic method and philosophy Kintsugi, which treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, making it more beautiful for having been broken. I am drawn to the relationship between attraction and repulsion, dark humor, and the surreal. I do this work to understand myself and what drives me as a caregiver and educator. To understand that by fixing something you must also deem it as broken. What is the evidence we leave behind? What is normal?