Nominated by Northern Illinois University
My work conveys thoughts and emotions that I fear will be dismissed if stated verbally. I make work based off of experiences and social interactions where my interpretations are impacted by my strict conservative religious upbringing. Inspiration often comes from conversations, podcasts, and storytelling, which then get internalized and processed into modes of making. Pieces emerge from two distinct, polarized, directions of thought; either frustration at being forced to endure or blissful Ignorance.
I employ rigid geometric forms that evoke a sense of control and stability within the use of metal. I find a value of importance in which my pieces convey strength, yet showing vulnerability. One way in which I soften the presence is with the use of fabric. I see fabric as either a form of clothing or skin. I find enjoyment in the variations of textures and colors.
Image: Self Restrained (insulated foam), 2015