My current body of work evolves from an exploration of personal, collective and empathetic anxieties. In my drawings, ambiguous human and botanical biological systems combine to inform fictionalized observed living subjects. These drawings are imagined specimens. I simultaneously examine them through an empirical lens even as I construct them. As they emerge I am aware that the lived experience in my body is vast and enigmatic. In the face of what seem to be their inevitable extinction they harness resistance and thrive in the era of the Anthropocene.
The specimens posit the notion that strength, pain, humor, toxicity and transformation can prosper even though we humans observe a constant stream of violence, environmental disaster and species extinction. I often wonder how we process the influx of our daily and global realities and at where in the body we absorb them, and I conjure forms that reflect a buildup of beautiful psychosomatic scar tissue within biological systems. The process of making these drawings channels my anxiety as the intricate line work engages my innate need for repetition and directs my desire for the transformation of ache through imagined forms.
The w(H)ole is an image I began to draw in the summer of 2016 and has been a recurring image since. In contrast to the specimen which suggest botanical-human hybrid systems, the w(H)oles are structurally simple forms that reference their cellular make-up. They remind me of many archetypal and ubiquitous orifices - forms in nature, the relationship between the individual and the collective, and they also recall the physical form of an exhale.
The w(H)oles are a visual iteration and witness to time passing, memories collecting, regrets emerging and my own resilience in the context of this accumulation. I am curious about the paradoxical notion that life can embody transformation and continuation, despite longing and loss, alongside vital moments and chosen manifestations of experience. I wonder if we are all empty and full; negotiating impact and adaptation as living bodies inhabiting all the spaces that lie within.
“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety to a person – into something whole.” – Louise Bourgeois