Artist Statement

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Art is in the experience. I explore the energetic dynamic that happens in the space between: Artist and artwork; Visitor and artwork; and in the triangulation of artwork, Visitor and Artist. 

I explore how we frame our experiences; the tone, subconscious bias and languages in which we think; the words we choose to describe how we perceive reality; and the choices we make — based on our perspective, interpretation, belief and subjective understanding of how the world works. 

Through interactive sculpture installations, painting, storytelling, conversation and Visitor participation exploring differing cultural ideas and perspectives — my work addresses our tendency to imprison ourselves and others through our beliefs and choices; and examines the precarious journey we all must take in order to escape our (frequently self-imposed) prisons and find healing.

The decision to change and flee necessitates pushing boundaries, crossing borders, seeking unfamiliar settings with unfamiliar people — both losing and gaining freedom and security.

Much as we attempt to divest ourselves, we remain inevitably encumbered with baggage: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, ideological or political. However, once unpacked, our baggage unleashes the potential for magic: connection; exchange; understanding; and identification with others.