Q: The visual language you employ with your figures is quite unique both in their postures and proportions—can you tell us a little about how you arrived at that?
A: I’ve been pulling from the vernacular of cartooning and illustration, which often involves a lot of bodily exaggeration. I’m interested in the way that type of hyperbolic treatment can redirect representational images towards a pliable, psychological interiority. My work is rooted in navigating a paradoxical experience marked by hypervisibility and erasure. Although I’ve always worked figuratively, in the past few years attempting to articulate that tension has resulted in the forms morphing, swelling, and expanding in all sorts of ways.
While their touches are gentle, I like to think of the figures’ balloon-like bodies as overstuffed containers that are on the edge of bursting and potential destruction. I want there to be an articulation of the disconnect between external presentation and private experience.