Artist Statement

My interdisciplinary art works combine sculpture, video and dance; I create socially engaged art that intervenes in public spaces. My processes include film, metal work, welding, fiber arts and poetry. My process also draws from my background in dance and my interest in exploring movement as a way of suggesting action or change.
My process is rooted in my travels to isolated parts of the world to reflect on nature, history and female experience – the recurring themes in my works. My works reflect on my contemplation of nature in specific locations and, combined with my personal experience of those spaces, juxtapose feminine mystique and environmental anxieties. For instance, having extensively traveled in Greece visiting scores of ancient archeological sites, I have contemplated the remains humans leave behind. I have seen collapsed walls, towers and monuments that once represented magnificent cities and peoples. What awes me in these sites, in addition to their magnificence, is nature’s slow, quiet invasion and continued vitality. Reflecting on nature’s permanence and the impermanence of human made artifacts I want to evoke an important question in my art about nature’s ability to remain vital despite the impact of contemporary humans. This has been conveyed for instance in my dance films Remains and Assembling on Ancient Towers that suggest a kind of assimilation and osmosis, an absorption of the earth and our collective presence and manipulation of its surface, as opposed to conquering and possessing. In a performance work Assembling female-identifying performers’ reclining bodies shift slowly and awkwardly in an urban landscape and struggle to stay comfortable against hard, uneven rock and concrete surfaces. Assembling conveys female experience in a world mostly dominated by men. My interdisciplinary installation work Tower reflects on climate change and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel – a story of greed and the importance of cultural differences. Combining sculpture, video, archiving and community participation, the work highlights interviews of people of diverse backgrounds sharing their personal experiences with climate change. My works present environmental contemplation and anxieties. I hope that through them, the viewers can experience a unified voice emphasizing the importance of healing nature to heal ourselves, and calling for action to protect the environment.

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