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 the ideal and different perspectives of reality onto future generations. I hope to unveil the biases and psychological phenomenon at play in the culturally imposed ideas that have been built into the human schema 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,’ zooming into the different facets of my personal and individualized experience of reality.
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 exists innately in all individuals while placing focus on the time based experience by applying adaptable and accessible art interventions. In my practice, I make an effort to break free of imposed ideas of forms, placing objects and shapes outside of their normal context, while focusing on the transcendental nature of creating an individualized reality. The goal of my practice is to gather new information and unveil biases while confronting previous representations of the world and reintroducing the individualized mind as the source for understanding reality.
I have recognized that this confrontation is often pleasant, manifesting positive feelings in the viewer. What happens when an individual sees a piece of art that changes their perspective? It evokes feelings of the sublime, awe and a state of unlearning. What happens psychologically during a state of unlearning? Neuroplasticity. When was neuroplasticity most prevalent in life? Youth. What feelings are associated with youth? Vitality and arousal. What happens during a state of sublime and awe? Vitality and arousal. Want to recapture youth? Seek experiences of unlearning, sublime and awe. 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 and new psychological changes will follow. The goal of my artwork is to confront the viewer with their own culturally imposed biases through experiences of awe in order to initiate a state of unlearning by revealing the dynamic facets of the individualized, psychological experience.