Shed Illusions, 005/132 (detail)

Shed Illusions, 005/132 (detail)

"Our brain is mapping the world. Often that map is distorted, but it's a map with constant immediate sensory input.” -E.O. Wilson, Biologist

Rocks, dried scabs, sticks, belly button lint; I collected it all. My curiosities as a child lead me to collect and study things that I deemed important. Analyzing the similarities and differences among a collection I gave order to objects reconciling their place in the world in relation to me. Throughout all of my works I mix a detached scientific approach with personal subject matter (including experience, gender, and biology of the body) to create a hybrid investigation. These two seemingly opposite qualities come together to create personal maps that investigate emotions felt, places encountered, and experiences lived.

The maps I make often explore self-identity and are based in performance for the camera (video, photographic or both). The pieces investigate the body in both surface and function and scrutinize social perceptions of gender and femininity. Formal beauty acts as both a visual strategy as well as an underlying theme of the work. There is a quiet confrontation between the use of seductive Modernist aesthetics to criticize different aspects of traditional and societal norms of beauty and body.

Exercise, sleep or lack thereof, body perception, these are not things that have a specific start and end, they are quotidian. I document the routine and everyday as performance, magnifying process, experience, emotions, or results. The nature of performance makes duration, representation, or effects of time large components of the work. Mixing subjectivity and science I create maps as a tool to understand how things work and position myself in the world.