My latest project Cosmic Bodies manifests as a maximalist mixed-media installation of paintings and textiles that speaks to ecstatic experience and female pleasure in a celebration of physicality, excess and abundance. Mystical experience’s resistance to verbalization drives me to create images that attempt to express its bizarre, resonant, corporeal yet boundary-dissolving impact. My art practice is fueled by the intent to illustrate the sensual and embodied nature of ecstatic experience.
By displaying a variety of textiles in tandem with my paintings I amplify the latent spiritual and utopian content in the fabrics and tease out the substantive qualities of the works on paper. Together, these materials form a democratically dispersed latticework of power. This dense decentralized webwork disputes conceptualism’s purported importance over beauty, materiality and pleasure in the work of art.
In radiant expansion, repeated symbols conduct a visual echo effect that allows the eye to ricochet through a dizzying display of adorned surfaces, generating a vibrational effect charged with the energy of my devotion and labor. Sensorial information coalesces so that colors take on a musicality, visual surfaces evoke a plush tactility and patterns imply a rippling reverberation into space. In this undulating matrix of energy and matter, it is my hope that the viewer may come to discern the self as a thread woven into a fabric of vibrant unity.