Artist

Statement

I started my career in Recreation Therapy at the age of 18 and became a self taught artist at the age of 25 after developing my skills and practice as a single mother. When I lost my mother to her battle with cancer in 2017, it drove me to develop my art practice through the lens of psychoanalytic art. Psychological explanations of culturally imposed knowledge and the development of the schema highlight the external systems that have been used to impose certain ways of representing so-called ideals onto future generations. I hope to unveil the biases and psychological phenomenon at play in these culturally imposed ideas in hopes to dismantle problematic and systematically imposed boundaries that skew and shift our human perceptions of reality. 

Although space is often attached to time, my association of time is affixed to memory. Space is believed to be depicted using reliable mathematics and time and memory are considered linear. However, the linear systems used to measure experiences of time and memory have been improperly imposed on our ideals, constantly marking our memories with beginnings and endings rather than depths and weights.

This knowledge about memory has supported my effort to break free of the culturally imposed behaviours entrenched within the schema and rebuild the visual patterns that are associated with my ‘first nature.’

The excessive documentation of my work is a performative practice of distinguishing time spent through marks made rather than seconds lost. When I work in collaboration, I make an effort to highlight the natural artistic skill that innately exists in all individuals; while placing focus on the time based experience through the application of adaptable and accessible art interventions. In my practice, I make an effort to break free of the imposed signifiers and ideas of forms, placing objects and shapes outside of their normal context, while focusing on the transcendental nature of creating an individualized reality. I focus on the fragility of global a priori perceptions and the goal of my practice is to gather new information while unveiling biases that confront previous representations of the world. The confrontations reintroduce the individualized mind as the source for understanding and co-authoring reality. 

What happens when an individual sees a piece of art that changes their perspective? It evokes feelings of the sublime and awe which acts as a catalyst to a state of unlearning. What happens psychologically during a state of unlearning? Neuroplasticity. What can initiate neuroplasticity? Visual culture which yields awe inspiring experiences of the sublime. How does visual culture change perspectives and initiate agency? Very scientifically...

 

In a culture that has disconnected from physical methods of experiencing the world, how much have our perceptions of the world become based on biases and culturally imposed knowledge? The human idea of reality is changing along with these shifting perspectives, new psychological changes will follow. The goal of my artwork is to confront the viewer with their own culturally imposed biases in order to initiate a state of unlearning by revealing the fragility of perception and the value of individualized, psychological experiences.