My art explores what it is like to be a physically and mentally hyperactive individual by investigating movement and stillness; studying sensations and emotions through making, meditating, skateboarding and dancing. These activities give me a sense of reprieve from the busyness of my obsessive thoughts. 

       When I am in dull situations my mind feels still, I find stimulation and relief by drawing my daydreams. Often times my drawings also evolve into daydreams; I see daydreams as drawings in the mind’s eye. Observations of my own mind and body sensations bring me to the present. I seek to share my experiences and narratives to display how an overactive mind inevitably creates and imagines in non-stimulating environments.         

       The activity of dance lets the body speak to a different consciousness. A spoken word seems to degrade the experience of an improvisational contact dance with another person. Adrenaline inducing activities like skateboarding slow time and focus me, telling my mind and body that what is happening in the moment is important, that I am alive. Moments of stillness in meditation may be the opposite of adrenaline inducing, however they supply similar awareness of sensations and emotions of body and mind. The toggling between stillness and stir activates my attentional awareness creating a serene state to process and think.

       My work can be seen as a cacophony of disparate images, materials and scale references intertwined and tumbled together. Figurative elements come out of bloblike forms that suggest body movement and emotion, and coil-built elements represent thought patterns. I play with translating and intertwining two-dimensional and three-dimensional pains of drawing. The transition from two-dimensional drawing space to physical three-dimensional drawing space speaks to drawing in the mind’s eye relating to synesthesia and daydreaming. I am intrigued by the variable consistencies of wax, glass, metal and clay; how their soft, crunchy, fluid and sharp states influence how I make. Inventive construction, and exploration through materiality is how I give life and emotional qualities to my work.

        In my work I question how the human connection to nature and to the self is changing as our daily lives become increasingly mechanized. The more I participate in screen watching, button pressing, selfie taking, chair sitting and other digital-life displaying behavior, nature seems less relevant to my own existence. Does the busyness that takes one away from nature, make it easier to be biased, to ignore the temperature spikes, and earth’s sixth mass extinction of animals?  

 

 

 

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