I view my drawings as ceremonial narratives, told for the purpose of healing and confronting mortality. My work examines the intricacy of religious phenomena and ritual in relation to the natural world.
The forest wildlife and taxidermy of my surroundings and childhood home serve as my vocabulary and iconography. My work portrays unsettling, isolated creatures, combined with peculiar fragmentations of the human figure and plant life. These characters are often mutated or deformed, rich in sensual color, and laboriously detailed. They often float in white space upon the page, suspended in a state of purgatory and intensity. My forms depict delicate, affectionate interactions with violent or disturbing undertones, creating a quiet mystery. They speak of the sensations of intimacy, anxiety, and grief without context. These drawings chronicle an awareness that is both haunting and elegant, a space where physical boundaries blur. In my images, the body becomes an ephemeral altar, a vulnerable prayer.
I am interested in exploring the relationship between the frailties of the tangible body and the resilience of the spirit. Our environment has an unyielding capacity for miraculous fertility and cruel fatality. It is a world of power and humility, seduction and betrayal, purity and contamination. Equilibrium is maintained through the necessity of sacrifice. My work articulates a graceful struggle between the sensations of control and surrender. These drawings, paintings, and objects are images of blameless impermanence and duality. They justify actions of strength and tenderness despite necessity and apathy. My works are extensions of the acts of ritual as we pursue the sacred; they are questions of devotion.