Artist Statement (2011)
Growing up in the back of a dry cleaner business, my whole childhood was spent running around clothing. I was exposed to many things that kept clothes intact. Thread being an essential aspect of holding things together; I use it to represent mending the human mind emotionally and physically. My grandmother’s diagnosis of cancer has led me to explore how we underestimate the unpredictability of the human body. Her sickness has changed the relationship that she has with my whole family. I am particularly interested in my mother and her relationship with my grandmother. I find it beautiful and encouraging. Both of them are coming in terms with death and I am at a struggle to accept death as a part of this life.
As of now, I am drawn to the figure. I tend to distort and exaggerate the figures in order to create uncomfortable settings or to accentuate strange matters. I find that the experience of being uncomfortable is just as important as the experience of being comfortable. I will often thread my pieces, exposing the stitching to convey restoration. Sewing not only is a therapeutic action but nostalgic.
My mediums will often include charcoal because of its expressive quality that it tends to have, and watercolors because of its delicacy in color. Many times I tend to stain BFK paper with tea. I find the process of staining paper an excitement because the outcome is always different.