Eroded. 2018, 8 x 7 x 6", Cast bronze and slate.
Bronze, direct burn-out, of snow cone cups. An exploration of the beauty in deterioration. Mental health has the power to detrimentally wear us down and wither us to the core. There is such anxiety associated with the fear of one's mental history becoming exposed openly. Yet, there is something truly magnificent that transpires when one accepts their true vulnerability and embraces their insecurities. The negative stigmatism associated with mental health struggles inhibit the ability to see the strength, grace, and beauty that firmly emerges from conquering one's inner demons as well as from embracing the battle wounds or scars that remain from one's victory.
2019, 2nd Annual Women Artists Quarterly Art Competition Online Juried Art Exhibition,Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA
Preserved, 2018, 13 x 6 x 5", Cast bronze.
Self-mutilation is a theme that dominates not only the world of mental health, but also sources a majority of the subject matter in my work. The stigma surrounding self-harm is notoriously brutal, and as a result, those bearing these battle wounds feel forced to conceal their scars and bear their shame. Bronze is one of the longest lasting art mediums, potentially lasting thousands of years and outliving its creator(s). This piece is symbolic of the mental barrier I personally found necessary to conquer. Specifically in an attempt to strongly communicate the beauty in one's personal experiences and to effectively communicate that our wounds stand not as a disgrace, but rather as proud reminders of a victorious battle. In this piece, I immortalize the essence of my own vulnerability as I preserve my greatest insecurity eternally in bronze.