Working as a visual hunter-gatherer, I utilize methods of collage to construct odd, fragmented representations of mental states and internal monologues. My work is triangulated between my studio practice, my subconscious, and my experiences, interpreted and synthesized in the act of making. Inspired by methodologies of surrealist drawing, I engage with the work in an intuitive manner, responding to the wants and needs of the drawings as they get created. The push and pull between us during the process of making is what ultimately leads to the drawing’s completion, revealing and questioning hierarchies of cognition, and repositioning my awareness to see things I could not before.
My work investigates feelings of anxiety, dissonance, vulnerability, and love as told through the internal monologue. Because there is no objective referent of comparison for these emotions, we are left to describe them using metaphor, making this area of language very fluid and difficult to pin down. I am particularly interested in how we tell the story of our lives to ourselves and how we inadvertently live by the metaphors we create. Our internal monologues hold great power; they shape our reality and reshape our memories, consolidating experiences, thoughts, dreams, and emotions into a somehow unified psychology.