I believe art has a civic power which shapes public activity and behavior. My practice explores social interaction and collaboration to promote challenging dialogues through public interaction. Being an art maker is my voice for activism; I respond to my female identity, life experiences, history, politics, and ideology by initiating projects for public engagement.
Although my practice relies on social interaction, a physical object frequently remains an important element. I work with a range of mediums such as drawing, film, fiber, sculpture, and performance; I select materials which are historically charged with their own language. I frequently use embroidery to challenge issues related to feminine subjects, as the history of the medium suggests feminine domestic labor and was not claimed by masculine artists. I have initiated projects that invite anyone to get involved with activism, creativity, and raising awareness and supporting survivors of sexual violence.
I collaborate with students, other departments on campus, and organizations within various communities to communally respond to social issues. Since the media began publicly outing various sexual violence perpetrators, survivors across the world have shared their experiences. Through my practice, I want to offer sexual violence survivors healing and empowerment advice through a less intimidating professional creative environment. Once one’s voice, empowerment, and trust are reestablished, the power of enacting social change truly begins.