2011 Season II

Artist Statement

I am exploring identity through memory, through histories, and through the interpretations of others. My work traverses the terrain of the self-portrait, a portrait defined not solely by a singular image but one that mines psychology, culture, biology, history, and family. 

Using multiple media, including video, photography and drawing, I allow these media to seep into and inform each other, where a photograph becomes a surface for a drawing and photographs take on performative interventions. This interplay between materials and performance parallels the constantly shifting face of portraiture and the complexities the portrait poses. In recent works I have asked the help of others to help define and create a portrait of myself – through the memory of family, friends, and strangers, and most currently through new age practices such as palmistry and aura readings. These practices help me to understand and see my portrait not just as a static image in time, but as in-flux, calling upon the past and future.