My work primarily addresses social injustices and the psychological and psychosocial impact these issues have on youth, minorities, and other undeserved or underrepresented groups. I explore the possibilities of community in a time when the use and meaning of the word has lost its effectiveness. My work attempts to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
We continue to be appalled at the numerous acts of violence against youth that carry no consequence. A fearful helplessness pervades the thoughts of many who wonder, “What protection is available when those in authority who should be our advocates can no longer be trusted?” I do not ignore the reality of what is and thus, I am compelled to address the inequities of neglect, child abuse, violence, and poor influences. In the midst of violent and often issue-laden situations that are hardly what one would define as community I have chosen to look beyond the ugly and collectively focus on identity, human dignity, and integrity while embracing divergent thinking and collaboration. From this dichotomy comes the emergence of works having been created to remind the viewer of this forgotten message.
I convey these ideas through printmaking, painting, sculpture, fiber, public art, and other media. Acknowledgment of society’s current failures evokes a call to action which cannot be ignored. However, seeking to look beyond the present despair towards a future community is the focus behind my design, shape, texture, color, and use of space. Forward thinking that looks towards future goals and the betterment of our youth and their growth are keys to keeping a positive outlook in the midst of negative influences. It is my hope that those who are able to take a moment to view my works will first ponder–then proceed beyond simple musings.