Creating art allows me to process my most deep-seated fears, experienced failures, and haunting memories. The journey to create external objects from internalized events allows me to come to terms with the ghosts of my past. Love and hate, rejection and acceptance, death and transformation are often themes to the pieces that I create. I work intuitively–allowing my instinct to dictate where the piece starts and what it ultimately becomes. Time for reflection is an important part of my creative process; it allows me to develop pieces that mirror my internal process of resolution.
When I approach making a piece, either wearable or more sculptural work, I imagine the entire outline of the piece and how I want it to sit on the body. This allows me to visualize the connection points and overall form. From there, I sketch the outline onto paper and develop the visual and structural foundations. Once the base is constructed I use finer elements to build my piece. During the entire process I meditate on a singular theme, allowing it to change and grow, and allowing that thought to dictate how elements are arranged and how the piece develops.
This process of creating is essential to my coming to terms with myself—it gives me the time and space to grapple with the things that both define and stunt me. The formal language of my work derives from both the past and future. I am drawn to precarious objects which seemingly look weathered, tattered, and yet hold a glimpse of futuristic design. My work can be seen as a piece which time travelled from the future into the past and later is found as a relic. I always start with a futuristic design, and later add a rust-like patina giving the piece a sense of history. I stumbled upon this technique after staring mystified by a rusted piece of barbed wire. I knew I had to somehow recreate this look into my pieces. I feel the patina acts as a transitory entity; it fills in the gap between new design and old world persona. I am influenced and inspired by works created by Lee Bontecou and Barbara Kruger.