My work is inspired by my interest in human psychology.
Through layering, drawing, painting, and sewing, my assemblages explore behavioral patterns, experience-mapping, and the relationships we have with our environment.
Fragments of landscape, skeletal facades of buildings or representations of garments conjure memories both collective and personal.
When I was a child, my parents decided that I was to be an international competitive athlete. With daily rigorous gymnastics practice, there was no room for my budding interest in art.I grew up surrounded by people who were inflexible and unwilling to change which inspired me to crash those barriers.
In elementary school, art class was part of the standard curriculum. However, my experimentation with creating a polygon-shaped house for a class project met with criticism and a failing grade from the 2nd-grade teacher. It wasn’t the last time I would face rejection from a teacher. Luckily, in high school, there was a photography teacher who took notice of my determination and encouraged me to build a portfolio that would open the door to my formal art studies in a college degree program. Ever since I’ve charted my own artistic path.
My way into art was learning how and when to break routine. I’ve witnessed first-hand the rigid mechanical routines that people adhere to within the context of their daily lives. It’s like they’re hard-wired and won’t deviate from these patterns. I often wonder why is it that some people manage to get unstuck from social constructs while others simply can’t.
My current work is largely informed by my personal understanding and ‘outsider’ view of social structures and human interactions. With mark-making, layering, drawing, and sewing I relish the freedom to explore my own landscape of emotions, movements, and patterns, and that of others.