Artist’s Statement

Drawing from my extensive knowledge of art history and childhood picture books, my work uses the power of visual narrative to communicate complex feelings, channeling them into unconventional self-portraiture and challenging the relationship between 2-D and 3D art. These self-portraits help me give voice to extreme emotions, which can be difficult to put into words. My two-dimensional digital and watercolor illustrations serve as embodiments of my current mental state; influenced by artists such as Winslow Homer and Artemisia Gentileschi, these works reveal parts of myself that I never considered before. My more playful side is conveyed in the form of watercolor children’s books, which are more object than two-dimensional images. My most recent work, Crowded, uses paper sculpture and acrylic painting to reimagine these illustrations in a three-dimensional context, further pushing the boundaries of what self-portraiture can be. Ultimately, my goal is to communicate through visual narrative, sharing parts of myself with others that I would otherwise be unable to express.