Full Artist's statement
I am a multi-media artist interested in creating awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to me such as identity, health, feminism, economy and religion. Depending on the project, I articulate my thoughts through paintings, sculpture, photography, videography, performance and installation utilizing both traditional and non-traditional materials. One of the most important goals of my practice is to integrate the audience in the artwork and to no longer relegate them to the role of passive viewer. I seek to create opportunities to allow them to participate in various ways. For example, donating materials in Send Me Your last Cigarette; consuming the artwork in Contemplating Candy II; or participating in art performances by posing as pope in #Vote4Pope or lying in a body bag to imagine what exceptional circumstances would cause a person to end up in one. Through this interaction the audience becomes central to the work, fully engaging them both artistically and conceptually in the art process.