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About Me

When I was little I use to float
It was a reoccurring dream that took place in the living room of my Aunt’s house where I’d arrive early for our family gatherings. Filled with anticipation, I drifted upward towards the ceiling. One by one my family members entered through the front door and they casually pulled me by my ankles down to the floor. But as they passed by I would begin to float upward again, each time turning more upside-down and uncomfortable as the blood rushed to my head until I began to appreciate the ground.
 

I remember going to the beach with my family when I was little. My father was holding my baby sister as he walked through the ocean toward the horizon. I asked my uncle to pick me up and take me out to them. The water reached my uncle’s waist by the time my father turned around and noticed our approach. He yelled to his brother to take me back to the shore. I began to fuss in protest when my uncle dropped me. Under the salt water my eyes were wide open, fixated as I sank toward the deep pit beneath me. I felt calm as I slowly, peacefully drifted downward. I passed a starfish resting on a rock, perfectly lit by the sun's rays under water. Still sinking, I reached out to touch it. My fingertips were less than a hair away from the creature when my body was ripped out of the water and I gasped for air as I’m back in my uncle’s arms. Back on the shore I spent the rest of the day playing in the sand.

 

There is so much to discover in this world. Consequently, my passions are extremely charged and my art is the by-product of human consciousness. Biographic interpretations of growing up in a home filled with rolls of drafting papers, collections of teapots, and acoustic instruments have inspired me to explore endless aesthetic propositions. I produce artworks in various mediums that include painting, drawing and sculpture. Themes present in my art range from genealogical dementia, loss, character encounters, decadence, and poverty. Similar to a public diary entry, each installation reveals pieces of an evolving story of who we are as people.

 

As I journey beyond the communities I’m most familiar with, into a more global existence I’d like to share my lessons from everyday masters, produce artworks that examine sources of anxiety, document interactions, shared memories, and provide evidence for narrative works that address social change, environmental deprivation, and technological advances.

 

Thank you for your interest in my work

ARTIST STATEMENT

There is so much to see and learn about, and for that my passions are extremely charged and my artworks are the by-product of my consciousness. Similar to a public diary entry, each installation reveals pieces of an evolving story. For me, art is a catharsis.

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Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, requests, advice, stories, jokes, etc.

BIOGRAPHY

Overflowing with color, energy, and optimism: I’m a social activist and proud Kutztown University alumni immersed in community building and entrepreneurship. Philly Voice’s Historic Philadelphia Ten- a selection of 10 women making bold statements through art. 

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