“One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn’t have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”
~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon
In a series of autobiographical self-portraits viewers are invited on a fairytale-like journey that explores the internal landscape of the mind through the lens of the surreal. Identity is explored via the interwoven complexities of past and present and, specifically, how the past shapes and dictates our perception of our present self and relationships. Viewers are enveloped by large-format works that often leave them suspended in moments of rising tension, and the fantastical subject matter and use of vibrant, luscious colors results in eye-catching and wonder-filled imagery. The use of collage and hand assemblage of props allows me to construct my own world and find my own narrative, while the use of photography tethers the story to this world and place in time. It’s a cathartic series that investigates the wonder of myth, beauty of nature, curiousness of humanity, and above all, strives for hope.
The images are meant to be viewed 48”x72”