My work visualizes difference, interiority and multiple interpretations of embodied knowledge within a cultural moment that acknowledges the adaptability and shifting nature of the body. My intention articulates the blurring boundaries of human existence, corporeal assumptions and the historical break from fixed concepts of the physiological body. From this perspective, the ‘concrete’ body is confronted and replaced with new possibilities of being that extends beyond the flesh.
My approach to image-making is mutable, much like the experience of the body. Working from an ever-growing collection of found images – from early anatomical and medical illustrations to photographic images of bodily rarities, oddities, conditions and growths, to fashion magazine spreads – the foundation of my practice takes up a collage aesthetic. The images are themselves malleable and open-ended, as I delve into the body’s variability to find exquisiteness in its resilience. Working with imagery that may be described as ‘grotesque,’ ‘disgusting,’ and ‘ugly,’ but also equally truthful, real and bodily, I embrace and even celebrate the abject beauty of our whole bodies, perceptible and concealed.