I have a career-long interest in oppressive systems and the way they affect people and society. Using my own life as source material, I have explored sexism, parental oppression, artist oppression, disability oppression, white supremacy, and disconnection from place and home. Like many artists working on identity I began from the perspective of the victim but in recent years have focused on examining oppressor roles.
My process involves asking open-ended questions about a given topic. What would it look like if I claimed my white ancestors? What would I say if I tried to stutter instead of hiding it? How can I be an artist and a mother? Where is my home and how can I connect to it? The work is content driven, so I use whatever medium best communicates the topic. Media include performance, installation, book arts, writing, graphic design, and visual art.
The more personal my work is, the more universal it can be.
Knowing our histories is essential to moving and growing.
The unknown is my trusted friend.
Listening can transform and create new ideas
Human beings can emotionally heal themselves.
Appreciations build relationships.
Connections with other people are essential to me as an artist.
There are many solutions to any problem.