Artist Statement

My current body of work explores mental health issues from the sufferers’ perspective. The purpose of my work is not voyeurism or sensationalism, but rather an attempt to help sufferers find a voice. Using symbolism and metaphors inspired by case studies and research, I create and photograph a scene for symptoms and illnesses. I then manipulate and translate this scene into another medium.

Feeling understood is a major component of creating the social support system that is critical for successful recovery from most illnesses. It is my hope that by adding these visual vocabularies to discussions, I can help people obtain the support they need.

Many of the surrealistic worlds that I paint are manipulated using Photoshop. This digital form of surrealism is currently spreading commercially as well as privately, and owes much of its success to the legacy of historical surrealism. I chose to take the photo manipulations that I create and translate them back into more historical mediums of oil painting, printmaking, and charcoal. I felt this conversion to a “traditional” medium is necessary to reengage viewers who have become numb to photo manipulations due to their pervasiveness.