Written Artist Statement

Interlochen Center for the Arts my high school is where I created the work contained on my website currently, this collection of my art is my own reflection on experiences with grief and the many different ways I perceive these processes we can all go through. In particular, most of the basis for my work stems from the loss in my family age 10, since this period of my life grief has had a very active role in shaping who I am, for better or for worse. Being able to work through and overcome difficult emotions is crucial for developing as a person, I almost lost myself many times. I want to tell my own story in hopes of connecting with others who have experienced the same pain, and let them know that it will only make them stronger. After seeing my work I hope that people will come away knowing that grief is not a burden, but a journey. Despite the objects or people lost, letting your spirit break is not a viable option.
When it comes to process I prefer to communicate my images through self-created characters who can tell my story for me and connect to the audience I am relaying this message to. Texture and intricate environments are a really big part of my work, the more detailed a piece is for me the more lucid it becomes. I love color and precision so my materials consist of; ink, pen, watercolor, gouache, pastel, and marker. I will also work digitally from time to time but it is not my main way of working.

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