April 21st 2018
April 28th 2018
These pieces were created in order to work through a series of turbulent years in my life. Namely, life after moving to Los Angeles. In the span of a few years I lost three close family members, suddenly– including my father. I saw the end of a long term relationship and of two businesses. All the while living 3000 miles away from my family and friends. I felt very alone, very heavy, and I silently struggled to rebuild my foundation here. I needed a way to talk about it…without having to talk about it.
Collages became the perfect medium for conveying the scatteredness, the complexity, the macgyvering, that can creep up in life. None of us are one thing or the other thing. We are a blend of our experiences and reactions, cut-and-pastes. Creating these pieces was an exercise in simplifying the sometimes – often times – chaotic emotions that make life both complicated and interesting. To remain simple, I kept to a distinct color palette: red, blue, and yellow. These colors have the power to convey the entire spectrum of emotion (essentially), with passion and intensity.
This work is deeply personal but the feelings are universal. Art serves as a two-way window—it’s a peek into the artist’s life that also lets you see a reflection of yourself. Though the subject matter may be specific to the creator, it should allow the viewer to take from it whatever it is they need to extract in that moment. Which, in turn, creates a new truth, equally as valid. It creates a moment of recognition and connection.
This exhibit is meant to serve as a reminder, to myself and to others, that one thing remains true: you are not alone. Even when it feels like you’re going to lose it.