Artist Statement Submitted 2017I reincarnate things and turn them into art.
Through photography, printmaking, collage, bookbinding, jewelry, and performance I give dismissed items another life.
I am a griot.
I not only share stories that don’t often get told, I share my own story one piece of art at a time.
My work is rooted in challenging ideas about markmaking, religion, spirituality, mythology, and redemption. I explore our differences as human beings as well as the bridges that connect us.
I work to merge disciplines as one would put together a puzzle.
My work reflects personal interests in our cultural emotional tendencies:
•Nomadic idealism that leads to a belief that in relocating there is certainty of a better life.
• How faith can contribute to visualized outcomes.
• How societal and personal expectations (stereotypes) can become prisons literally and figuratively.
• Faith in oneself is generally mislabeled as a negative form of egoism.