Statement

In my art I use printmaking, drawing, and installation to stretch and reconfigure mental and physical delineations of the human body. My fascination with the strangeness of medical illustration has inspired me to extensively research the forms and patterns associated with describing the human form. 

 An investigation into early anatomical and neurological texts led me to form stylistic and conceptual connections with images from various sources focusing on organic, visceral subjects. My work exploits the parallels between anatomical drawings, the opulent line work in eighteenth-century textiles, and the exaggerated gore and sensationalism in comics. I use large-scale wall installations as a platform to juxtapose the influence of decorative arts with content inspired by early medical illustration and cartoon violence. I make potentially infinite patterns of twisting organs that function as a setting when overlaid with graphic drawings of characters interacting in the space. The scattered scenes form a cyclical narrative that mirrors the biological systems in the drawings. Pasting over-sized prints directly on a wall allows the collapsible space within my drawings to extend into three dimensions and encompass the viewer.

 In creating my work, I am acting on an ingrained impulse to allegorize, contextualize, and create narratives in response to visual symbols of my physical self. Through a shift in scale and the incorporation of cartoon and narrative elements, I hope to transcend the weight of the history attached to my source images and create a new setting, cast, and history of drawing as it relates to the body. The forms in my work exist in the gap between the body as an innate feeling of living, and the body as described on paper. Within this transitional space, I host characters and scenes composed of human reflections. I gather influences from scientific, decorative, and graphic print sources to create a new kind of human physicality.