Reclaiming the Circle
In order to convey the simplistic as well as complex ideas associated with identities, I use non-representational methods of expression. Naturalistic, curvilinear, organic and linear forms are prevalent in my work. Abstracting and simplifying rudimentary forms allows me to transition between tangible and intangible concepts, such as a circle, which on its own can represent a small, seemingly insignificant pebble. Oppositely, adding that single circle into a group of shapes can incite notions of community and fellowship. These trivial and profound visual associations have the potential for both private and shared interpretations and mirror the various points of contact I have personally experienced in exploring my own hybrid identity. The physical processes of drawing, engraving and printmaking mimic my personal exploration of my own cross-cultural history. Beyond these visual expressions of my idiosyncratic qualities, I strive to dissolve the limitations of cultural classifications and connect to the viewer’s unique existence within our global community.
“As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.” - Albrecht Durer