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My art is a reflection of my memories, how they change, morph and bend the truth. Each piece I create is an attempt to share something that I can’t quite recall, or really don’t want to remember honestly. It is disturbing to remember something that use to haunt your every waking moment and then explore how that old damage has changed to an enlightened advantage. I want to pay homage to the experiences that make me who I am today.

In my paintings and sculptures, I use cardboard as a base for the structure. I use the universal premise of packing mementos into boxes for storage; a reflection of the many moves I made over my lifetime. Packing everything I own and trusting that layers of paper will protect what is my physical life.

 

I use paper as a medium and create imbedded texture on the surface.  Some of the paper is torn away to create friction and tension that memories can provide, underneath the tears reveal hidden layers of mark making that mimic clarity.

Color is used to express the emotions surrounding the memories. Bright and dark colors dominate my pallet choices based on my mood and gravitating away from pale baby hues. Geometric shapes, such as squares, lines and rectangles are used to bring order among the chaos and show my love of drafting and architecture. My finished objects have a lived-in look of blistered skin, weary travel and antiqued history with flashes of small clear spaces that contrast with the surface.

I want my viewers to enjoy looking at my work from a far, and to find small pieces of beauty in the destruction up close.