Artist Statement

 
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This body of work focuses on my experiences with quick, chaotic emotions stemming from mental illness. Abstracting emotion onto surface, the viewer is intended to absorb the feelings depicted. They are emotions frozen in time, yet breathing and moving at the same time.

I include words from past and present writing to bridge the gap between the emotion to the thought I am having. Writing while painting helps me connect the two together so I can effectively communicate through paint and canvas.

My work is impulsive and intuitive; I let the piece have a conversation with me. I will often switch pieces in the middle of a session, flip it, or completely paint over work I feel are not true to the experience I am conveying. This keeps my paintings authentic to the emotion and experience they are capturing.