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I look at my body as object and outfit, as self and mask. I continuously display and inhibit my own image, using pattern and clothing in order to give voice to who I am, and how I see myself. Painstakingly slicing, layering, arranging, and suturing together images of myself, my body, and my wardrobe with all the obsessive zeal of a contemporary Victor Frankenstein. It is a strange form of therapy through self-cannibalism, one that I have been participating in for years. A marriage of body and pattern that conceals and exposes who I am simultaneously. My current work utilizes photographic, sculptural, and textile elements — often in unison, resulting in visually stimulating and perplexing compositions. Manual photo manipulations are made into sculptural objects. Two dimensional images are pushed into three dimensional space through pattern and embroidery. Fabric shrouds skin, only to later become the flesh it once obscured. Items as bodies, bodies as items. Body as form, forms on bodies. All of these aspects seek to challenge what we see at face value, and what is actually underneath. Composed of physical test pieces, collages, photo studies, and notes from my personal sketchbooks, the following images are a visual representation of my artistic and conceptual development from 2019 to 2020. The sketches, tests, and writing exhibited in this segment informed the creation of my finalized artworks for my senior BFA exhibition, Hypodermis.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Photography, Sculpture, Textile elements, Clothing, Patterns