Engaging with the traditions of folklore and allegory, my work reimagines personal experience as myth. Using mythological and iconic imagery to depict real-life issues establishes a protected space in which to examine the emotional content of each experience.
Symbolic cut-paper imagery alludes to, without entirely revealing, the complex realities explored in each hyper-realist portrait. Innumerable layers of delicately cross-hatched color give a solid presence to each portrait, while boldly graphic and precise paper cuts form a fragile landscape of paper and shadows. Like remembered experiences, each component is both elusive and concrete.
What began as an extended autobiographical series has since expanded to include the personal narratives of close friends and family members. By sharing the intimate details of their lives with me, the process of conceiving a piece has become a rich, collaborative effort.