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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Inspiration for my work comes from routine life and immediate surroundings. Accessible nature, family roles and dynamics, and reflections on identity are all things that inspire my paintings and photography. They show an introspective look at how we interact with each other and the world around us, and what I experience in modern motherhood. Morning light on dishes, a momentary glance, a shared emotion, and a cluster of trees on a city street can all be sources of inspiration. Even in the simplest, most ordinary moments, we can find meaning and beauty.

 

STATEMENTS FOR BODIES OF WORK

 

CONSCIOUS BLISS

When I reflect on the moments of motherhood that brought me true joy, they weren’t always born from occasions of awe-inspiring grandeur. Many came from unexpected moments of pure delight and opportunities for intimate connection within day-to-day life. In the midst of the everyday routine, these moments would swiftly appear and pierce through the monotony, chaos, and exhaustion, causing a deep sense of bliss. I have intentionally turned these moments into large paintings, knowing that as I consciously relive and spend time with these moments, they will shape the story of my relationship with my children and my experience of being their mother.

FAMILY CONNECTIONS

This body of work is an observation of my children in how they interact with each other and their environment. Family dynamics continue to change over time, especially during years of youth and perpetual development. How they make sense of their identities and relationships, how they define boundaries, and how quickly those things can shift in a moment’s notice are all witnessed in my photography.

MATERNAL PARADOX

This work is a testimony to the contradiction I feel surrounding my experience with motherhood. I am conflicted between the external messaging of constant joy and purpose and the intimate reality of monotony and a heavy mental load. The weight of obligation and burden is far greater than what was imagined and foretold. Still, in the midst of responsibility, the anticipated bliss finds a way to pierce through, sometimes when least expected. It is a fickle enigma that is beyond my understanding. I use photography as a means of documentation and reflection on this paradox.

THE NATURAL WORLD

Humans have a personal relationship with the natural world, and for me, it is a source of peace and inspiration. Wide-open spaces, warm beams of light, and a vast color pallet make it an endless reserve that I can call upon. Finding the simple beauty within its complex ecosystem and never-ending evolution keeps it a continuous well of influence in my painting and photography.

 
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