Statement

The ways in which we experience the space around us inform our understanding of ourselves. I’ve always felt the influence of the natural or architectural spaces I inhabit on my idea of myself both as a physical body and participant in the world. The spaces that appeal most to me have always been those that, in some way, defy conventional expectations of structure and spatial organization. Depending on my emotional reaction to them, the new perspectives they offer give me additional insight into myself and the ways that I exist in space. To highlight this connection between the individual and their environment runs counter to the vision-centric trend of western art since the Renaissance. With visual art, we have been taught to look with a disembodied gaze, one that enforces a separation between viewer and artwork, effectively ignoring everything about them except their eyes. I’m interested in calling on tactile and haptic senses with my work. In doing so, I hope to expand the experience of art beyond the purely visual to incite a more visceral, emotional response.