Artist Statement


My aesthetic is a defense mechanism.  Places and objects that are clean, crisp, and brand new make me crazy because they appear empty to me.  These pristine things drive me to crumble the edges; rub dirt, paint, wax, and oil into their corners; tear them to pieces; rearrange; and reassemble.  I feel the need to fill every inch of space with color, symbols, words, and mystery.  I am compelled by a burning need deep inside me to transform the objects that come into my grasp and the spaces I occupy. 
     Currently I am exploring two themes in my work, my relations ship with myself and with animals.  I create art about myself in an attempt to explore the surprise, anger, frustration, and disappointment I feel when examining my lack of control over my life and my body.  In turn I create art that reveals my relationships with animals, and how I hold them sacred.  They act as my guardians offering comfort and guidance when I am at most vulnerable, examining myself.  From this body of work also comes the crossover pieces that reconcile the division I experience as I swing from one state of emotion to another and back again.