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Artist Statement
One of the unique properties of creative endeavor is its ability to make space for internal dialogue between the work and the audience. The work speaks, the audience reflects, and space is created for conversation and connection. Many of the topics explored in my artwork center around extreme emotions related to struggles with trauma and mental illness. Though I do on occasion create art that deals with more neutral content, I find pieces that dig into that struggle to be the most fulfilling, not just for me but also for others. My goal is to generate work that creates space for conversations about what it means to be human, to allow for the acknowledgement of suffering, and to provide opportunity for catharsis, empathy, and community. Being able to connect with others through this work, whether because of shared experience or emotional revelation, is often very meaningful and, for me, is always a privilege.

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