Gender. Race. Age. Intelligence. Marriage. Groundhog Day. Language follows specific rules, shaping how we understand the world. The definition of a word exists because people in a particular group or society believe the meaning is authentic and valid. As a result, language isn't neutral. It emphasizes certain things while ignoring others. When a community's accepted beliefs about power and privilege are perceived as objective truth, it can have serious social, cultural, and political consequences.
My art practice challenges social and linguistic constructs in the United States through precisely made artworks organized into collections. The work covers various topics and techniques that investigate behavior, media, policy, and institutions as tools of oppression. Research informs my choice of medium, materials, and imagery in a series and often involves installations, sculptures, works on paper, and videos.
During the extensive labor of creating the work, the subject becomes emotionally and intellectually alive for me. The touch of material, repetitive movement, and problem-solving provide clarity and understanding. Through my art practice, I invite viewers to consider the complexity of social constructs in exhibition spaces where diverse groups of people can gather.