My series of self-portraits screen-printed on fibers provides the context for my body of work. My intention is for these faces to be reminiscent of Rorschach inkblot tests. I want my work to provoke psychological inquiry. What do you feel when you see these images? What memories and emotions do they evoke for you?
Water is cathartic for me and serves as a metaphor in my work, capturing my emotions and memories. I love the feeling of floating. Learning to trust that I can float, that the water will support me if I surrender to it and stay calm and open has been an empowering experience. My whimsical, floating, colorful sea creatures represent the strength gained through this self-knowledge.The way that water moves, the things that inhabit it, and the sound of the ocean inspire my work. Water crashes on the shore of a beach, but under the surface is a completely new and calming experience. Once submerged, the sounds of the world above the water are muffled and my senses are soothed.
I am especially interested in creating line fluidity throughout my work. My favorite sea creature is the octopus; their dangling legs and the way they move through the water inspires the lines in much of my art. I also love to explore color; portraying the same image in a new color pallet can dramatically shift the sensory experience for the viewer. I hope that someone who views my work will relate to the images, and that my use of color and line will engage their senses and induce memories of their own.