My drawings, videos and new Virtual reality project interpret the human body as a complicated abstraction engaged in a perpetual struggle: corporeally real, yet unknowable. Nothing appears whole. Folds of flesh, explosions of hair, ropy tendons and sinew pull and push against and through each other as I mine the tension between extremes of mass and void, stasis and motion, erotic and a-sexual forms. My intention is for viewers to experience self-reflection as they consider their bodies and the bodies of others as engaged in an ongoing, unsettled contest— filled with vulnerability, strength, discomfort, and defiance. I am working with Virtual Reality technology to amplify and further animate the empathic effect of my drawings in 360 degrees. It will also allow me to add environmental sound that will provide an immersive and visceral experience for the viewer.
My current body of work is inspired by a passage in Aftermath, Susan J. Brison’s book on violent trauma and the body. In this book she introduces the concept of a mathematical “surd” as a metaphor for irreversible chaos and disruption in an otherwise linear life path, following her own horrific sexual assault. A surd is an irrational number that, when placed in a predictable series of rational numbers, destroys all pre-existing coherence. Translated, it means “non-sense,” and “voiceless.” My recent Surd drawings engage this metaphor through the juxtaposition of gridded, “predictable” sequences of holes punctured through the skin-like surfaces of chaotic body forms. My aim is to explore the human “rational” desire for understanding through order and logic when faced with the nonsensical. I want to dissect notions of power moving over and through the body, while embracing their intrinsic mutability.