I am a non medium specific artist who uses painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, and immersive sound installation to explore the complexities of the human animal relationship. As an activist against racism, domestic violence, and animal abuse, my current work comments on these issues and examines the patriarchal power structure that perpetuates them. Recognizing that speciesism, racism, and sexism are linked oppressions, I continue to question the political and social ramifications of living in a world where animals and women are often seen as mere objects for consumption.
Animals are pets, symbols, objects, genomes, captives, food, and signifiers. I question how we can understand the non-human without our human-ness getting in the way? How can we listen and acknowledge without speaking for them, and attend to the animal without distortion?
I work through a visual language of drawing, painting, object making, contemporary silhouettes, photography and stop motion vignettes. Fluttering in the work are energies human and non-human, feminine and masculine. My studio practice is deeply shaped through drawing, often using intentionally low tech materials and techniques. I search for ways to make art that questions and de-centers our human constructs and unwarranted prejudices that objectify other animals and our relationships with them. How do we unlearn these prejudices, these divisions that ceaselessly divide us from them? Can my work help to advocate for animal beings and nature as subjects to a life? Can it wiggle into the cracks of a new ethic of art that is open and inclusive? Can art move forward into the vulnerable future to promote unity with a promise for our shared experiences?
Much of my interest lies in exploring the interlocking oppression of both women and non-human animals. In my photographic and video work I enjoy performativity and using my body as a tool to explore issues of agency, desire, vulnerability and the grotesque. Other over arching themes include: reproduction, the ethics of eating (both literal and metaphorical), personal history, death and memorialization. I am continually inspired by activism and social justice movements especially feminism and animal rights and often my work interrogates positions of power and forms of social control from the position of the marginalized.