Artist Statement I produce work that inspires reflection in my audience. Using imagery of mundane or banal moments many frequently overlook, I inspire the viewer to reflect on their own lives and consider what they see as beautiful. I attempt to capture the feeling of being in an ordinary and everyday moment. The feelings and headspace behind these mundane images are what I want the viewer to consider when coming to my work. I want my audience to step back and view a still moment, and reflect on the feeling of being there. The beauty of just being completely immersed in a still moment in time. These moments become more important to an average viewer when they see time and thought behind them. My work inspires the audience to reflect on their own actions, and to eventually consider the beauty of their unique ways of life. For example, seeing an image of a bed may cause the viewer to think of how they leave their bed in the morning, is it made or unmade? How many pillows do they sleep with? How many blankets?
My work comes from a place of jumping ahead of a series of moments to the end goal. Instead of enjoying something like a car ride, I am always jumping ahead to the idea of my end destination. My work functions as a way for me to go back in time and gather the memories I have of that journey that I seemingly fast-forwarded through. The process of recreating these moments gives me a sense of being present in those moments I rushed through.
I begin creating these drawings by taking photographs of my daily life and organizing them into series. When looking at each photograph, or series of photographs, I decide on how small I want the work to be, and how intimate I want the viewing experience to be. The smaller the drawing, the closer the viewer has to get to the work to examine the subject matter. During this reflection, I also decide on a warm, cool, or monochromatic color palette. These decisions all contribute to the mood and viewing experience of the work. I make each drawing with watercolor, colored pencils, and graphite on a slightly textured surface, allowing my mark making to be visible. I spend two to four hours recreating my photo documentation with a meticulous hand to recreate each moment in the form of a well-loved memory. Spending hours with each piece allows for me to reflect on these moments and their importance. When the viewer gets close to the drawings, they can see the layers of color I apply to the paper and the care put into that process. Caring for these ordinary moments and creating a work of art in their honor pushes the viewer to consider the importance of these mundane images.
My work starts with a documented photo that was created in a portion of a second and transforms it into a work of art that was meticulously crafted with time, care, and thoughtfulness. Slowing down the haste of taking a photograph, and allowing one to meditate on these banal moments I felt inclined to document pushes the viewer to question why and allow themselves to settle into that moment as they view my work. I shrink down their size to initiate intimacy between the viewer and these series of memories. The viewer is invited to come close and spend time reflecting on the moments I recreate, and possibly their own.