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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Art has been with me from the beginning. I am a fourth generation photographer, and there has not been a time in my life when I was not drawing. I studied photographic techniques as well as other art practices at Collin College in Plano, Texas and Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. My father taught me the value of working with my hands, and I have long found interest in everyday objects and absurdities.

Much of my past artwork has served as a form of self-discovery. It looks inward at my own past experiences and the emotional journey of my life. Several years ago, I dealt with a series of unfortunate life events, starting with the separation of my parents and leading through the death of my father, eviction of my sister and myself, and then sifting through the remnants of what my life had become. These events effectively served to deconstruct my assumptions of self-identity and pushed me to find what defines me as well as the path I follow in life. My work has utilized this journey as inspiration for a communication of who I am, as a person and as an artist, to the viewer.

More recently my work has adopted a broader idea of perception. After several years of seeking my own personal identity and its relation to my family, experience, and surroundings, I have begun to look at identity regarding how it may relate to a person, object or idea. I am currently looking at the way that constructs of ideas, language and culture affect the divide between perception and the truth of reality.

The merger of photography with drawing, painting, and sculpture has interested me for many years. I believe that the most significant advancement in contemporary art is the union between the art forms. My experiments in process speak of crossing the false boundaries of tradition and hybridizing the art world into a singular entity. I am particularly fascinated by the creation of sculptural, photographic pieces. The photographic print has long been thought of as a two-dimensional image on paper. My most recent work breaks from that tradition into new ground and is free from the boundary of the flat plane. Pushing the work into the realm of sculpture allows for a wide range of aesthetics and conceptual practices.

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