Nominated by North Park University
My photography and sculpture play with the idea of mirrors and reflection, while also attempting to pose questions about identity. We live in a culture that seems intent on devouring images with little care for the ethical implications. In this way, we are all “reading the room”, but when that room is full of people we don’t understand, this practice can have dangerous results. Even in the current digital age where accurate information is easy to find, it’s easier to cement our biases and paint fellow human beings as props in our own narratives. If all the world is a stage, what happens when the props begin telling stories of their own? That is one of many “what-ifs” I wrestle with as an artist. As someone who never quite outgrew the fun of playing dress up, I am drawn to dramatic work—like the shadows of Caravaggio and the textures of Velasquez—and draw inspiration from the theatrical.
Image: Heterotopia Series - #3, 2016