STATEMENT The stories we are told and the ways that they affect us are more complex than we often realize. My ongoing body of interdisciplinary work is titled “Gendered Machines.” In it, I address patterns of cultural and spiritual relationships found between humans and mechanical objects that are influenced by socially constructed perspectives of multivalent identities. Approached through a multi-modal, research driven production of imagery, objects, and text, my work seeks to complicate an oversimplified codification I find typically imposed onto these relationships. This system polarizes our understanding of objects to be either built for service or for domination. This effort has guided me to engage with and disrupt traditional modes through which knowledge is produced and information is transmitted. Through sequential methods of collage and reproduction in a patterned manipulation of imagery and objects, associations are drawn between the seemingly disparate.
Expanding the dimensional limitations of media and identity expression, I employ layered processes of deconstruction and reconstruction to offer realities that exist beyond the boundaries of correctness, generating possibility. By positioning the viewer as a visitor to alternative scopes of reality, the work provokes questions about what’s real within our own. Experiences of alienation for holding perspectives that reject or diverge from the norm have compelled me to manifest work that reflects them, to bridge divides, and to offer portals into other universes, inviting complex viewpoints. By drawing from elements intrinsic to the Science Fiction genre, the certainty of time, space, and truth is rendered open for discussion through a fusion of latent pasts and projected futures.