I am an interdisciplinary
artist & writer. My practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an
undoing of language. Through video, sculpture, images, and text I utilize the
framework of self-portraiture to survey traces of trauma inscribed on the body.
The title of a recent body of work,
The Body Keeps the
, comes from the book by Bessel van der Kolk of the same
name, which studies the corporeal manifestations of trauma and stress. Using
aerial views of prison complexes as a point of reference, I extract colors
(blues in particular), demarcation lines, and other fragments that touch on the
experience of visiting my father in various prisons over the past 19 years. The
subsequent works examine and dismantle regulatory codes that are both embedded
in the body yet deeply impersonal, creating a space where achieving normalcy
begets an alien, unfamiliar presence and the slow palimpsest accumulation of
everyday violence is rendered visible.