ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a self taught artist and for the past 15 years, I have been exploring how creativity impacts space. My artworks are abstractions informed by materials, location and the installation process. My first experiments started with paper. By cutting out negative shapes and leaving positive space, I controlled how much and where light can pass through this material. I rolled, stretched and twisted this two-dimensional paper to make it into a three- dimensional sculpture. I then installed the sculpture from the ceiling to allow gravity to give the sculpture a specific shape. So, I used light, space and gravity as conceptual and physical forces in my installations.

More recently, I began to explore the space between abstraction and representation by using materials like Tyvek®, plastic and metal. I cut my materials into patterns that fragment and unite. Often, there are clear references to a body part like hair, neck and torso. At other times the patterns are abstract and disconnected and are more suggestions of emotions and sensations. By combining these two styles, I create environments that depict familiarity and otherness.

My exhibits bring together an immersive, multi part installation that is organized by visual complexity and relationship of individual elements to each other. Large and small representative and abstract symbols establish a progression to encourage the exploration of patterns, forms and the overall theme that I consider in my work. Stories, conversations, reading, and listening enter into my artwork, which may or may not be recognized by the viewer. This is done with the motive of creating an immersive environment for the viewer to enter and explore. Through cutting, painting, warping, lighting and installation, I re-imagine physical two-dimensional entities to transform the space it occupies.