Working with paper in three dimensions, I collage, fold, sculpt, weave, and paint to construct diorama-like reliefs. Paper has a shape-shifting quality – the cosmic can coexist with the mundane, the galactic with the microbial, the deep past with the present, the vegetal with the pixelated.
I recently turned 40, and from my vantage point at the cusp of midlife, I am both looking backward to themes from my personal history – ancestry, identity, upbringing, memory – and forward to a future where we are hurtling towards fascism and climate devastation. I’m influenced by science fiction writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler, both of whom dismissed the utopian/dystopian binary and injected a spectrum of possible worlds into the collective imagination. Through an entanglement of images, I compost elements of my past religious and cultural indoctrination into new configurations, in search of fractal escape hatches and spiraling exit ramps from monolithic narratives.
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