It is a blurred line that separates humans and animals, and the frontier between is rife with fascinating scientific and sociological exploration. This is the focus of my work.
Recent thinking revolves around specific ideas exploring the effort to define human behavior and an analysis of the transition to animalism. I have been intrigued and inspired by a statement made by Jenny Saville in an interview regarding Francis Bacon, one of her most significant influences. She describes the primary focus of their work as an attempt to define humanity as animals that have been given the gift of reason. I have been processing this concept and responding to it, and attempting to integrate my own analysis of the theories behind what it is to reason.
A secondary focus within my practice concerns the manipulation of space as it relates to the human condition: spaces between, transitions, and separations are all ideas explored. The work stems from personal events, and as a result allows for an emotional connection with the viewer, while maintaining an analytical or conceptual underpinning, while referencing artists such as Mathew Cerletty and Francesca Woodman.
I use series to explore and evolve my ideas, and as a result find each new piece offers new options. Fluency with symbolism is very important to me, and I like to think of some of my pieces as essays, using references to support what I am trying to convey. In many of my works, I build off of the imagery of other artists as a way of reinforcing or structuring my ideas. Through this, I am creating a visual essay, an opinion supported by references, a college that integrates mine with their, older with newer.