Process: Sourced from the alchemy of self-exploration, my approach to making is process-based. My hope is to elicit a visceral experience that invites a moment of respite.
Moraga (2017): We have multiple layers of consciousness and process our thoughts, experiences, memories, and emotions at various levels of subtlety. The Moraga series is an homage to that layering. To a certain degree, this work is an externalization of the infinite mirrors and windows within my mind, an attempt to release that which blocks the clarity of my pure awareness. The writing is mostly obscured, much like the stories we tell ourselves are often buried beneath self-protection and selective blindness. Through an intuitive process of texture- and mark-making, I explore the meetings between shadow and bright spaciousness, the suppression of certain elements to emphasize others. The process leaves a visual depth that can hold a contemplative moment.
Imprints (2016): I’ve been chewing on the ideas of how and what imprints on my psyche since I first learned about printmaking processes in 2012. I titled my 2013 senior thesis exhibition Imprint//Reflect for that reason. After a hiatus from making, the Imprints 2016 series was a return to this musing, and a turning of the page in it. In this series, I explore whether I reinforce or can free myself of certain notions by repeatedly writing them. In the experiment, I repeatedly mono-printed “emotionally exhausting to rewrite this.” The phrase came up as I was recording passages from old journals. Another meaning I enjoy in this particular phrase is that I am exhausting my negative emotions, such that their imprints no longer hold power.