Overall Statement about My Work
I am a multidisciplinary artist interested in the barriers we build around ourselves and others.
On the one hand self-imposed fences are familiar and make us feel safe; on the other hand they hold us back... from what, and with what consequences?
Larger walls of difference and indifference are also built to keep us safe, (from what's on the other side), but do they really? And what is the cost of separating “us” from the “others”?
Chain link imagery appears frequently in my work to represent, accentuate and break down barriers. Whatever the medium, form or imagery, my design background informs how I marry form to ideas and expressive content.
Injections of beauty, viscerality or surprise are designed to help people stop and take notice; to open up to our collective and individual experiences, making them more personal, intimate even; to engage the viewer's personal history and experience so that the meaning of the barriers is self-generated.
My work confronts people with vulnerability (mine, theirs and ours) in order to create the right conditions for experiences of personalization and empathy.