I view my drawings as ceremonial narratives, told for the purpose of confronting mortality. My work examines the intricacy of religious phenomenon and ritual in relation to the natural world.
The forest wildlife and taxidermy of my 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 float in white space, 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.
I am interested in exploring the relationship between the frailties of the tangible body and the resilience of the spirit. Bodies become vulnerable altars, processing intimacy and healing through discovery. My work articulates a graceful struggle between the sensations of control and surrender. These drawings, paintings, and objects explore how the construction of images serves as an invocation and brings comfort. 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.