I am fascinated by bodies. Our bodies tell stories: stories about where we’ve been and where we’re going. I explore the human body as a vehicle for unspoken narrative, for the deepest tales that we never tell each other. Our bodies never forget.
There is power in witnessing the story of someone’s body, in representing the truth of their form. Even surfaces have stories to tell; their contours tells us of the world that lies beneath.
In a world often viewed and assimilated by means of camera lens, filters and Photoshop, how often do we truly see and understand what we’re looking at? How often do we engage with the truth of what surrounds us? How often do we engage with the truth of who surrounds us?
I want to tell the stories of bodies from every walk of life. We are presented daily with a relentlessly homogenous view of the perfect human body – preferably thin, white and young – as though that is the only body-story worth telling. As though no other stories matter.
But all our stories matter. Our stories connect us, even our unspoken ones. Perhaps especially our unspoken ones.
Each individual piece explores the nonlinear narratives that are told by the body, but that piece belongs to an overarching exploration of diversity and inclusiveness in the kinds of body-stories that are told. I use portraiture and specificity as a vehicle for humanization and connection, to tell stories that are both unique and universal because of their precision. We find our own stories reflected in the stories of others.
Aristotle wrote of mimesis and the idea that you can understand the truth of something through deeply understanding its appearance and its reality. Mimesis is not to merely copy or imitate, but it is to represent and that by engaging in the act of representation, you can come to deeper truths about what you’re representing.