“Pain lacks a perfect history because we love, love, to forget it...- Marni Jackson
The only thing that can convey the nature of pain is the story that grows up around it,
like a tree trunk or a scar.”
& // On Pain
The series &, or On Pain, is an exploration of the psychological and physiological state of experiencing pain. Pain, be it “real”, that is to say physiological, or “imagined”, that is to say psychosomatic, effects all aspects of daily activity and thought. Through a multimedia process that results in work that is photographic, painting, drawing, and installation based, I explore the concept of illness and pain, not as a separate entity tacked onto an individual’s personality, but as an ever-changing part of the self.
Tease is a mixed-media exploration of gender and the commodification of identity. The use or mimickry of mid-century objects, motifs, and materials questions our relationship to the familiar and asks us to examine the consumerist root of traditional gender roles. These objects serve as stand-ins for the body itself and invite feelings of tension and disquiet as they flow, bind, decay, and are ultimately captured.