Statement

Obsession and repetition are the driving forces behind my studio practice. They bind and unify my work, allowing photo, print, and fiber processes to intersect. No matter the medium, the dichotomy between my queer identity and catholic upbringing reveals itself within my work. Stemming from this experience, I analyze systems of morality, the true meaning of the erotic, and the role of gender and sexuality in forming identity. These concepts leave me anxious, setting in motion invented ritual or art making rites to alleviate the internal debate. Cutting my photographs and placing them in pieces through a repetitive quiltlike process brings a clear minimalist quality to an otherwise complex set of images. The original concepts are abstracted and set in a framework with new order, stripping the idea to its essence. The repressed is released but still held in my own invented structure. This control makes the personal, once crippling, a source of power and strength. Each piece is both masculine (strong, rigid, and orderly), and feminine (emotional and intuitive) in technique and thought. This mental androgyny helps to reclaim gender, sexual, and cultural identity that, over time, I cast aside to survive in a society that saw these traits as morally abject.