MUST BE NICE
I consider the intersection of imposed binaries and what it means to exist within a spectrum of too much, not enough, and in between. I am fascinated by the deceit of an all-or-nothing mindset and how it manifests in the objects, materials, and spaces that we manipulate as tools of empowerment/powerlessness for ourselves and onto others. The materials I use are familiar, bodily, and pervasive – hair, paper, fabric, makeup, plastic, and beyond – and used to elicit questions about the implications of visibility, physicality, and participation. By distilling text and form, the work becomes approachable as it invites the viewer to examine the haptic surfaces more closely. Through that scrutinizing process, I encourage the viewer to be aware of their proximity to the work and initial assumptions. My work serves as an honest record of the darkest and lightest experiences during my ongoing process of coming out.