Using electronic medium, I create collage/montage work that represents my resistance, persistence, and insistence related to breaking down gender inequities within systems of oppression. Clip, crop, burn, dodge, rotate, flip, layer, mask, and overlay are a few tools I use to create my digital collage fragments of space, place, and time.
Condensing the perspective of my daily consumption of visual culture into a flat two-dimensional image allows the viewer to sit with and contemplate, what does one object have to do with the other. I gather images and text literally from scraps and pieces I find in the real and virtual worlds. I spend time looking through discarded magazines, newspapers, photographs, and other objects to then scan into an ephemeral energy with a message, a memory, and a meaning from my own personal narrative.
Currently I showcase the work created from “The Jane Series”. This series is a combination of two-dimensional framed prints and two video installations. Traditional, stereotypical feminine images act as codes in this work as they are juxtaposed against odd backdrops and measured alongside out of the ordinary objects. I blend political critique with elements of fantasy, autobiography, and gender identity. The key to the final image is to counter the feminine image into a nonapologetic state of my reality.
Working through a field of bits and pieces of propaganda I will transform into new landscape telling the story of my lived experience. I speak out about current and historical challenges of individual and systematic patterns of injustice. Because oppression is not just “out there” in the world but experienced within our own bodies, minds, and hearts, it is through art that I see a vehicle for change.