Artist Statement:

Both the concrete and abstract dualisms between the mind and body and how we construct our sense of self are of great fascination and importance to me. My work deals with the layers and connections between these two states of being: where they intersect and where they diverge. Together, painting and photography are my mediums used to illustrate themes such as intimacy, vulnerability, isolation, and the temporality of humanity. The differing construction techniques of materials and mediums aid in my replication of a person’s mental state. I begin with a photograph and manipulate it to portray the body as a concrete representation of internal consciousness and ambiguity. I then translate this image into a painting through layers of transparent washes, oil paint, and thick texture. Exploring the weight of space, these layers often mask or encroach upon subjects, creating an altered and intangible reality.