My grandmother, a photographer, taught me composition as a young child. I followed her into the arts, studying photography at Texas Woman’s University and then dance at Mills College. I completed my degree in Interdisciplinary Arts in a University Without Walls program in Chicago.
In 2000, I became gravely ill. The resulting series of surgeries left my body permanently disfigured—my back is overtaken with scar tissue and my abdomen distended, with no muscles left to support it. This left me with a number of hidden disabilities one of which is a hand tremor. The artwork provides a way for me to reach beyond my limitations and live within the sense of self-creation that so moved me growing up.
I’ve begun weaving into my work the text from love letters. With this work, I hope to explore intimacy and longing.
These works are born out of an intimate communication between myself and a fictional woman from another plane/multiverse. Our exchanges include glimpses captured through dreams, liminal moments, and transcendent experiences through meditation or witnessing nature.
The woman and I seek to understand our link and attempt to find a way to meet in the same space-time. Elusive moments of connection are suggested in the background of the drawings via the text and formulas of quantum mechanic papers. Additionally, phrases extracted from love letters offers a transcription of fragmented transmissions of consciousness.
I have a hand tremor, so the figures are drawn loosely. I sometimes leave gestures that I know are not accurate in this way the figures appear both real and slightly amiss — representing the dichotomy of our rich spiritual connection against the time/space disconnect. The flashes of color with ink reflect moments of connection, like a glimmer in a mirror or a memory.