Through my work, I find empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. Being the dependent of a career marine has informed the questions I ask through my art practice. Framing the military within a larger, multi-faceted cultural context: one of complicated family webs and communities, structural pedagogy, systematized aesthetics and the tenuous space between control and protection, I look to add a more nuanced approach to a necessarily critical but discordant conversation. My practice includes a range of approaches including but not limited to: watercolors, oils, soundscapes and video. Regardless of the medium, my projects are always informed by the principles of painting.
Recently, I rediscovered letters my father wrote me while serving in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Over 25 years later the letters import an even deeper significance personally, historically and politically. In rereading the letters, I was reminded of the family bonds that held us together despite the emotional, political and geographical distance between us. Methodically recreating these letters with watercolor is significant to me. Through the process of transcribing the documents into painted objects, I find empathy for my father where I once was an angry and confused teenager. As I paint, his words bring on new meanings and associations as he dispatches fatherly advice, beliefs, doubts and experiences of a war that continues to impact our lives.