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Artist Statement

Artistic expression and exploration with materials drives my work and provides a means and context for introspection. Concepts associated with memory and interpersonal relationships, as well as the connection between the mind and body inspire my current practices.  My current practice stems from honest considerations of my role in society as a Southern woman who is breaking familial cycles. I explore femininity, socie­­­­tal pressures, cultural norms, and my subjective experiences with barriers and judgments. Recent paintings juxtapose improvisation and intentionality to interpret visually an anxious mind. As I continuously react and respond to the painted surface, an inner dialogue emerges. Impulsive mark-making paired with chaotic and ordered gestures reflect irrational and calculated thoughts. I begin by working intuitively, experimenting with form and color. Throughout the process of layering, the composition transforms into a record of thought, reaction, and expression referenced by underlying symbolism. Painting on an unstretched canvas allows me to work in and around my composition; sewing and gluing collaged elements allows me to incorporate fragments of my past into my present. Working in the space between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art gives me the opportunity to experiment with potential and creativity by pushing the boundaries of traditional painting. Artistic expression is essential for me and I appreciate the freedom in making work as well as coming to terms with my innermost thoughts and feelings.

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"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

Edward Hopper