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.