The skin, as it creates new cells, moves layer after layer of old tissue, up through the epidermis, where it dies and is shed. Every 28 days the human body goes through this complex process in order to replace itself entirely. In this span of time, we create completely new surfaces for ourselves. In many ways, my creative processes are in imitation of this complex system and the body’s constant need to create new layers of cells to thrive.
The intent of this work is to create organic objects and patterns in order for us to experience and contemplate ourselves at our most superficial and intimate states: the surface and within its walls.This line of work began first and foremost with my passion for science and biology at a young age. Having the experience of looking under the microscope at my own skin cells revealed a world that was foreign but also essentially vital.
The difference between the outer appearance and inner workings of my being created an experience of disillusionment. We experience the world through our bodies’ complex processes and I became impassioned to understand them, as well as, myself and others around me. At times, I consider that these pieces are in the realm of portraiture, only at its smallest state.
The use of cut paper, thread and fabric in my work is one that is purposeful and symbolic. These organic materials speak to the nature of the body which is that they can be both delicate and strong or durable. I hope that through these materials and the use of vibrant colors, one can feel the characteristics they share with the work and feel a surge of vitality upon viewing them.