Artist Statement

I’m interested in spaces maximized with day-glow colors, patterns, and plants inspired by my hot and sticky homeland. These dense spaces simultaneously comfort and spur anxiety. Figures camouflage into the landscape around them-- they blend with their surroundings naturally or take on Razzle Dazzle characteristics with complex geometric shapes and contrasting colors, full in spectrum, that vibrate off the landscape.

Occasionally adorned with flower collars and patterned skin, figures reach out – in hopes of catching butterflies, in the warmth of another’s hand, tender noses extend—ready to pollinate. These actions are both external and internal: figures reach into themselves, deeper and deeper, connecting to their unconscious— earnestly unearthing psychological terrain accessed as frequently as the flickering light of the sun beaming into the bottom of a well.

When figures find themselves occupying such a space-- one both familiar and estranged-- the excess within the landscape flows into excess of action. The landscape initiates this action and figures respond intuitively-- sometimes by indulging in a picnic and other times in vice. Here we stumble upon complex moments that examine abuse, passion, femininity, sexuality, violence, impulse; motives uncertain, rights and wrongs are displaced and challenged. Post-action and post-figure, the landscape holds secrets and absorbs the aftermath of intensity-- attention diverted, ambiguous space mirrors ambiguous motives. The futility of human action at its finest.

I think in words, in stories, in places transcending our own: liminal and intersexual. My hopes are to explore different chapters and stories of this world in paintings, artist books, and soft sculptures. Excavate the complexities of this Queer Space—delicate as a butterfly’s wing, constant as the sun, and rooted in mystery.

Artist Statement