Artist Statement

In light of the new reality in which we live, due to COVID-19, utilizing different materials than in my previous work became necessity. I have found that using non ceramic materials has pushed my work into the personal. I grew up watching my grandmother at her sewing machine, and have found comfort and connection to her through fabric. Influenced by science fiction, ceramics, and gothic architecture, I create soft sculptures with mixed media components to talk about the common issues encountered when living with mental illness. By focusing on these issues and using fragmentation, I speak to the loss of routine and the struggles that I encounter day-to-day. I use the figure and household objects to reflect upon the monumentality of mundane tasks. Through this exploration, I express the strain of mental illness and the means in which it affects my perception on relationships and reality.