I like to ask questions, to be bold, to be adventurous. I like to take risks. I think art should do the same and by doing so, offer up new perspectives, create an impact, and ask us to travel into unknown spaces, both as an artist and a viewer. This is where I create from. I begin by asking questions about things that resonate with me; questions like, “What does it mean to be a woman?” or “How does queer theory relate to me and the community I belong to?” Through research and conversation, I attempt to expand my perspective of these questions beyond the limits of my own experiences in order to engage in a larger dialogue with the world around me.
I am often interested in uncovering the humor, sensuality, and unrefined beauty that lay within each new work. These are qualities that I seek in life, so I seek them in my art. For me, these qualities help me find a new way to listen to the seriousness of life around me. It is not an attempt to ignore that which is serious; in fact sometimes it brings out an intensity that is unexpected, yet utterly satisfying and beautiful.
Through questioning and examining my process as an artist, the hope is to bring into fruition art that is not just a statement, but a space to engage in more questions. It hopes to expose the sometimes hidden layers of life and ask life to be viewed from a different lens.
Photo Credit: Yvonne Portra
The Red Shoes Preview
youTurn Contemporary Arts Exhibition 2011