“You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a truth and a human being is a story.”
~ Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom
In a series of autobiographical self-portraits viewers are invited on a fairytale-like journey that explores the internal landscape of the mind through the lens of the surreal. Identity is explored via the interwoven complexities of past and present and, specifically, how the past shapes and dictates our perception of our present self and relationships. Viewers are enveloped by large-format works that often leave them suspended in moments of rising tension, and the fantastical subject matter and use of vibrant, luscious colors results in eye-catching and wonder-filled imagery. The use of collage and hand assemblage of props allows me to construct my own world and find my own narrative, while the use of photography tethers the story to this world and place in time. It’s a cathartic series that investigates the wonder of myth, beauty of nature, curiousness of humanity, and above all, strives for hope.