artist statement

My work stems from the disembodied and objectified feeling I had when I was creating documentation for a rape kit with a nurse over ten years ago. While the nurse was taking digital photos of my body, I caught a glimpse of the back of the camera and a part of my body on the screen, a piece separated from the whole. I use self-portraiture as a way to process this trauma and refocus on fully occupying my body.

Through both analog and digital photography, I test the limits of my safety while in the vulnerable state of being completely nude. Sometimes, I obscure my face, recreating the sense of disconnection I have felt from myself. Othertimes, or even simultaneously, in the safety of my artistic practice, I can confront the possibility of danger all around me and use photography to navigate through it. There is a controlled threat within my images: knives, nails, and other potentially harmful objects are present but defanged. I push myself in my work: how much can I expose of myself?

Nudity also allows me to connect to nature and a feminine state. As I oscillate between a sense of objectification and embodiment, I can find a comfort and sense of self in nature, such as curling up in a human-sized nest. This process-driven approach allows me to work through the traumatic experience and relocate myself in my body.