MFA (Painting) 2019 - San Francisco Art Institute

BFA (Painting & Drawing) 2015- Louisiana State University 

Artist Statement: 

Thinking about the anthropocentric ideologies of the Western world, I give eyes to the entities I paint. Using the eye as a symbol for consciousness or sentience or value of being (subjecthood), I engage in a conversation around animism, playing with its vibrancy and demystifying it in order to informally hang out with animism as an idea, as a solution, and mourn with it for the human inflictions of preceding and proceeding violence.Plastic materials provoke and complicate to subvert the image further into the complex depths of interconnection and recent decades of production and destruction in the name of human convenience.

I am uninterested in regenerating self-indulgent prophecies of apocalypse or, conversely, continuing the idealization of Nature. My work is referencing the spectral dimension of existence, finding kinship with nonhumans, and fostering prismatic hope in the dark.

As an artist from New Orleans, seeing the spectral colors of resisting doom and facing change, I am drawn to creating conversation in reference to global warming, natural disasters, and virtual nature. However, through challenging anthropocentric ideologies, I provide a platform to engage in solidarity with nonhuman entities, locking eyes and connecting the innately connected.