Reconnected (Commission in progress), 2019, approx. 6 x 12 x 10', Powdercoated welded nails.
‘Reconnected’ will demonstrate both beauty as well as intense and significant meaning, opening up a dialogue between those who view it and a subject of high importance. This piece will be site-specific, and therefore, will dynamically and perfectly fit the designated location. The intrinsic nature of the work will be truly awe-inspiring and will demand attention from those who experience it. The art piece will embody the overall subject and notion of mental health in both a simplistic and subtle way. This piece, through its inherent and fluid existence, will also allow for own personal interpretation as well as allow viewers to project their own thoughts and desires into it. ‘Reconnected’ will truly be a valuable and influential addition to the amazing collection at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP.
Preserved. 2018 13 x 6 x 5 inches. Bronze.
Self-mutilation is a theme that dominates not only the world of mental health, but also sources a majority of my subject matter. In most cases, scars remain as a reminder of previous pain, either empowering an individual or even haunting them. The stigma surrounding self-harm is notoriously brutal, and as a result, those bearing their 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 their creators. This piece is symbolic of a 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.
Eroded. 2018. 8 x 7 x 6 inches. Bronze & Slate.
2019 2nd Annual Women Artists Quarterly Art Competition Online Juried Art Exhibition, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA
Exhibition,Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA
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 and grace that firmly emerge from conquering one's inner demons.
Packing Peanuts. 2018. 1.5 x 1 x 1 inches. Bronze.
Hollowed. (Brancusi & Hepworth inspired bronze). 2018 9 x 7 x 3 inches. Bronze.
Unfolded. 2018. 7 x 5 x 5 inches. Bronze.
Sliced. 2018. 9 x 7 x 5 inches. Bronze.
Swallowed (from the Origins Series). 2018. 36 x 36 x 24 inches. Welded steel.
2018 SSU Juried Art Show
2018 Commencement Exhibition at GMC
Grounded (from the Origins Series). 2018. 4 x 12 x 5 feet. Welded steel.
2018 BFA Exhibition SSU
Absorbed (from the Origins Series). 2018. 48 x 48 x 48 inches. Welded Steel.
2018 BFA Exhibition SSU
Misplaced (from the Origins Series). 2018. 72 x 32 x 20 inches. Welded Steel.
2018 BFA Exhibition SSU
2018 The Next Generation: A Celebration of Sonoma County’s Up and Coming Artists
Lounged (from the Origins Series). 2018. 36 x 72 x 30 inches. Welded steel.
2018 BFA Exhibition SSU
Reinvented (from the Origins Series). (from the Origins Series) 2018. 4 x 6 x 2 ft. Welded steel.
Intersected. Installation dimensions vary. 2017. Yarn.
A drawing of line exploration intended to disrupt the patterns of everyday life. This installation aims to distort space and intersect planes, resulting in a cognitive change in those who pass by.
Unashamed. 2017. PVC pipe, microfilament cord, torn t-shirts.
Connected. 2017. 12 x 3.5 x 3.5 feet. Nails.
2018 Permanently installed at Somo Village, Rohnert Park
2017 Temporarily installed at Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg CA.
2017 Temporarily installed in front of The Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Connected explores the power in even the smallest of influences and their potential to unite into something much greater than their individual voices. Fabricated out of thousands of fused nails, this sculpture embraces our connections and recognizes the worth of each individual, as well as our collective impact.
Defended. 2017. Snow-cone cups, hot glue.
2017 SSU Juried Art Show, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
A study on the mind's defensive mechanisms that protect us from the things that aim to destroy us.
Scarred. 2017. Used salad cups, thread.
2018 BFA Exhibition SSU
A visual statement addressing the controversial topic of eating disorders in today’s society, as well as the internal and external damage they cause. “I mapped out my scars for the world to see and for the first time, they were called 'beautiful.' And in that moment, my legs no longer made me ashamed, but rather proud of the story they told.” The artist's process choice of single-handedly washing each cup emphasized the importance of the material and my choice of subject matter. The layout and pattern of the liner lines of cups on the wall are an exact map and replication of the self harm scars residing on the artist's thighs. 'Relinquishing all control to the unchangeable pattern marked my skin, I embraced my vulnerability as I allowed my biggest insecurity to dictate the success and vitality of the piece, both aesthetically and functionally.'
Consumed. 2016. 8 x 7 x7', Snow cone cups, hot glue, wire.
A sculpture embodying the reality that our bodies are shelters within themselves as they protect us and keep threats, physical and mental, away. The more we are misguided and injured by these foreign invaders, the more we are forced to build up a metaphorical wall around us. We do this obsessively throughout the course of life endearments and tragedies, until we finally find we are consumed within ourselves and isolated within our own minds.
Re-stitched. 2016. 15 x 39.5 x 39.5 inches. Paper-mâché: Tissue paper, wire, microfilament cord.
Representative of human resilience and perseverance, this piece demonstrates the human capability to repair and heal after withstanding trauma. The scars and stitches that then remain, both metaphorically and physically, serve as a constant reminder of the battles faced, the endless suffering endured, the adversity conquered, and the unwavering strength we all have within.
Glorified. 2016. 96 x 115 x 36 inches (dimensions vary). Plaster, monofilament cord.
Enclosed. 2016 .12 x 12 x 12 inches. Hot glue, monofilament cord.
Transformed. 2016. 36 x 84 x 13 inches. Straws, microfilament cord.
Drained. 2016. 83 x 43 x 8.5 inches. Rubylith.
This work analyzes the fascination and euphoric nature of self-mutilation, more specifically the notion of cutting. From a psychological analysis and standpoint, self-harm is widely regarded as a notoriously fascinating subject. Individuals turn to the coping method of self-harming for a numerous amount of reasons, and every case is unique to its person. The amount of persons who have explored and attempted various methods of self harm is remarkable. In a personal regard, my journey and battle with self harm associates specifically to the captivating allure and neurological pleasure of witnessing a cascading red running down my body and out of my skin. I explain this in a non-glorifying sense, and rather as a personal psychological analysis of an own past obsession and addiction. This work was simultaneously made and meant to be paired with the following poem, a piece of writing I believe explains this phenomena well.
it drips, warm and slowly down my thighs.
it is beautiful.
a web of interconnecting lines forms as it spills out of my veins. my pupils dilate and are drawn to the contrast of color on my pale skin.
oh, how i love releasing the crimson that runs within.
Surrendered. 2016. 96 x 42 x 42 inches (dimensions vary). Performance; balloons, nails, wood.
This performance piece symbolizes the unbearable weight those suffering with mental illness have lingering above. There will always remain a constant anxiety surrounding the proximity of an individual becoming fully exposed at any given moment. For these persons, the fear of judgement and chastisement not only haunts their basic routines, but also dictates the most simplistic of decisions. In this personally life-changing piece, I demonstrate an acceptance of those burdens as I allow them to come crashing down around erupt around me. In this piece, I attempt to liberate myself from my stereotyped reputation and embrace my previously feared vulnerability that loomed from my experiences with mental health. Just as well, in this moment I also unashamedly surrender myself to the scrutiny of social stereotypes and accept the reality that our struggles make us who we are.
Controlled. 2015. 23 x 11 x 5 inches. Clay, rope.
A piece created early in my career, this sculpture investigates a power struggle that will always exist in our social demographics. Though easy to correlate with race and ethnicity, this piece speaks more to a sense of light and darkness that will always be at a constant battle and parallel.