Artist Statement

In a multidisciplinary practice that includes sculpture, installation, performance, and time-based video, I am creating work that is inspired by the social and political constructs of gender and how those constructs shape our actions and perceptions toward ourselves and those around us.  I am specifically interested in the ideas surrounding masculinity, due in large part, to my own identity as a transgender person. 

I recreate and manipulate singular parts of the human form in varying processes and materials that are often guided by the project I am working on at that time.  Some sculptures are sewn, using soft materials, some are made using mold-making processes, and others are sculpted by other means, be it clay, foam, or the like.

Thinking of the human body as a common denominator—one that contours how we understand ourselves and others—I am isolating singular parts of the body in order to display how and why our identities are formed under the backdrop of a capitalistic and patriarchal society. 

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