What are our times asking for?
What “signals of now” does your work give off?
When reflecting on my artistic journey, I recognize how my art is a direct response to my experience within the context my immediate environment. My series of black and white ink drawings as well as my surrealist oil paintings of women were a direct response to my own trauma and struggle with the systems oppressing survivors of sexual assault. These creations originated in 2014 and 2015, eight years after Tarana Burke created #metoo, but two years before the hashtag became a rallying cry against sexual harassment and sexual assault. Although the timing was more reflective of my own experience, my work demanded recognition of the additional traumatization inflicted by the local judicial system, the university, and the resulting condemnation of the survivor by their peers.
There was a long period where I believed if my art did not continue to address this experience, I would no longer be successful. After a brief period stepping back from my work, I began to recognize the times called for something different: hope.
My current work inhabits a space recognizing the issues of today while illuminating elements to be grateful for. My ecological art searches for beautiful repetition and evidence of thriving life in a world that is so gravely threatened.
Throughout my young artistic career, I learned that I, too, need refuge from the forlorn times of today. I have the ability to emit positive energy while elucidating complex ideas through my art. If I am able, I must create to reorient joy in my life and not to tumble in cycles of my own despair.