The return of the figure, the body, and a more visceral and emotional way of creating in the 1960's was in response to the sterile and cold minimalist and abstract expressionism of the 50's. With the rise of visceral creation in visual art, too rose the new musical format of Punk rock - a culture of people that screamed against conformity, they were tired of sterilized and censored creation, who wanted to experience life in a raw and real way.
This historical progression justifies and informs my progress in creative making. A child of the 90's, I grew up in a cheap, mass-produced, plastic world moved by a pop Muzak soundtrack with no heart or soul behind their pre-scripted words. My slow and deliberate creation is in opposition of the mass-produced, rapidly assembled, digitization of the global market. My choice of majorly natural materials is in response to the rapidly growing climate crisis. My concepts point to the perpetual cycle of oppression and inequities that the majority of people live under.
Since puberty I have identified with punk culture, chose used/antique/second hand goods, and favored objects made through human labor. I stubbornly create using antiquated techniques that require great energy and time, imbuing each step with love, devotion, and deliberate movements to inject a power into the objects. My figurations, whether full, fragmented, or missing, seek out a visceral and emotional response - they call to the viewer. Presenting objects that deal with social inequities while using inviting processes and materials creates an emotional confusion - discomfort and comfort presented to the viewer hopefully disrupts the viewers mind enough to confront their emotional reactions and allows them an opportunity to reflect on how they participate, or are subjected to, the inequities presented.