I am a visual artist currently living and working in Houston, TX. Through my art, I am interested in creating visual constructs based around the social anthropology and psychoanalysis of pretense. False presentations are deeply rooted in social behavior, especially in connection with self-representation, collective identity and the techniques through which they are constructed. These ideas are swayed according to a variety of sources within one’s society. For this reason, I focus on the semblances encountered within my particular gender, culture and class. I maintain an artistic style akin to Southern Gothic literature, focusing on the irony and disconcertion of various personal interactions and observations of people.
Simulations, disguises, and facades are fabricated, shaped and dismantled through a range of traditional and new media. I oftentimes utilize photography, video and performance on account of their ability to double or mirror real life. For similar purposes of manipulating reality, I employ recognized consumer materials within sculpture and installation in order to call on the symbolism and emotional attachments people form with objects. I am motivated by the uncanny possibilities that familiar materials have when they are rendered unfamiliar through construction and presentation. I strive to both create and then subvert expectations through an aesthetic dominated by subtlety, restraint and quietude.
Some of the most significant influences in recent artwork come from cinema and television techniques — constructed narratives, dramatizations, character development, costumes and props. I am fascinated by the creation or recreation of people, places and events. I am also interested in observing how people relate to one another during social encounters. For example, how or why do people read and manipulate others during dating rituals, business meetings and formal dinners? In addition to these contemporary influences, I am equally affected by historical social traditions and their varying forms of presentation such as tableau vivant, portraiture, still life, sewing, and dance.