My work explores the slippery relationship between power and the body—specifically how it manifests in language, taxonomy, and intimacy.
Here, the body is expanded. It exists both as flesh and non-flesh, organic and inorganic, sculpture and text. It reveals points of overlap—moments wherein binaries dissolve and we catch glimpses of ourselves in the other. At once cultural and natural; human and animal; masculine and feminine, this understanding of the body encourages us to imagine a more complex spectrum of experience that is organized not by either/or but by and.
I ground my interdisciplinary practice in a deep relationship with materials. I believe that when we name, classify, and use materials, we imbue them with cultural meanings that are inherently limited by our narrow human understanding of the world. Along that vein, I view my works as assemblages of both the materials’ physical characteristics and their assigned meanings. Currently, I am investigating mineral and plant aphrodisiacs, deer attractants, makeup, sex-safe silicone, lab simulated diamonds, antlers, fishing lures, macroalgae, and ultraviolet light.