Oils on Archival Paper
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As an only child raised by my single mother, coupled with a lineage of generational depression, my social skills developed slowly and awkwardly. I spent my formative years alone in my room on my red bean bag chair with markers and sketchbooks. I fused myself to large families and invited myself to their dinners to better understand what it felt like to belong. Even with decades of raising my own family and cultivating a community, I am still in pursuit of repairing and transforming my feelings of isolation and have recently understood, ironically, that I am far from alone. To soothe these emotions, I wander in urban cities photographing architectural grids created by unrecognized artisans which become the physical foundation of my work. The accumulation of these images becomes a memento of my emotional experience. Eventually this documentation takes on new life as I reduce and redefine ordinary markers of existence as I explore possibilities through various mediums and processes. This series is a union formed between two edges that meet at an intersection. The repetitive insignias you see throughout my work are objects we often pass over, and provoke us to rediscover the unnoticed and ubiquitous splendor of the unobserved. My role as the artist becomes a conduit for the observer to access their own creativity, all of which begins with your phone camera and a walk. The quietude of my work is attributed to the solitude of my youth and the practice is the space where I untangle and restore myself. This assemblage series merges my competence of graphic design and fine art using a unique combination of photography, cyanotype, digital manipulation, lithography, monoprinting, silkscreening, oil painting, resin and collage.