Each piece that I make is a recorded examination of the terrain I have traveled. The lines I make with a pen, the marks in clay, and the words I choose to use are all influenced and driven by the personal. It is through this work that I have come to define and redefine who I am as an artist and as a human being.
Within my most current body of work, I am making three-dimensional maps of my experiences of our current social, political and environmental landscapes through my own personal perspective as a person of color, a female, and a mother. The identities that I claim both narrate and shape how I view the world and my role within it. I no longer wish to be a passive observer but to become actively engaged in the conversation around me through the work that I create. My intention is to speak about these contemporary issues. I wish these works to be a testament to the articulation of witness, to visually state: I have heard; I have seen; I have experienced, and I have recorded.
I utilize the memory clay takes on through the act of making in order to build objects that become records of action. I am able to articulate my experiences through the conjunction of three-dimensional form and the fluency that drawn line is able to bring to surface. These experiences transform into relics of visually constructed memory. As we experience the world, we gradually create narrative memory palaces in our minds. Small fragments created and combined to produce a narrative that is our own but ultimately a part of the greater account.