About the artist.
I mix traditional media with obscure, yet readily accessible materials to process the mainstream ideas of feminism, economy, and anxiety. Appearing innocent at ﬁrst, each piece holds weight in details that reappropriate popular imagery into a response regarding current events and social or artistic dogma. Mark-making turns into a coping skill that processes each thought through a meditative ﬂow; without a plan in mind, I rely on improvisation and disregard the idea that a work is ever truly ﬁnished.
Wearable layers simultaneously commodify the object as a body and a product while images of cake promote a free-spirited indulgence or a guilty habit. My constant class struggle echoes through use of recycled clothing and pre-used material — hair, fringe, paint, pockets, plastic, or underwear — that would otherwise contribute to waste.
Who or what are your artistic inﬂuences and how have they impacted you or your work?
I love looking at art in person and through social media, especially contemporary art, but I tend to get visually overstimulated quickly. So my fallback is to obsessively listen to music. It is my go-to coping skill that emotionally balances me out, which heavily inﬂuences what I make and how I make it. But more than anything, it’s extremely motivating for to see both art and music push boundaries politically, technically, and culturally. Seeing other creatives setting new parameters that surpass needing “permission to create” only pushes me to be new, radical, and bold.
Most recent inﬂuential visual artists and albums (in no order): Isa Genzken, Camille Henrot, Linda Lopez, Rosanna Ybarra, Jen Frost Smith, Andres Bedoya, Linda Arrendondo, Tanner Reckling, Michael Villarreal, Matthew Sontheimer, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, N.E.R.D.’s “No_One Ever Really Dies”, M.I.A.’s “Aim”, Blood Orange’s “Freetown Sound”, anything Missy Elliott, Celia Cruz’ “Homenaje a Los Santos", and Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn."
What is a positive impact that art has made on the local community that you have witnessed? What would you like to see more of?
I really enjoy what the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha is doing for the community. I grew up in North Omaha and I’ve witnessed ﬁrsthand the economic and racial struggle my neighbors had to go through. It’s diﬃcult to imagine incorporating art within a community in a way that actually helps the people as opposed to fueling gentriﬁcation. But the Union has only proven that the local community is it’s lifeblood, bringing accessibility and opportunity to the new local generation.
Do you have any “rituals” that you have to do before, after, or during your art making to keep you creating or put you in the mood to create work?
Honestly, I’ve found that I constantly hit mental roadblocks if I don’t smoke weed before getting to work. I’m able to make decisions quickly and intuitively without the pressure of making something “precious.”. A small bowl and a few great albums to sing or dance to can keep me motivated for hours. Also, I never start out with a detailed, ﬁnished product in mind, so I’ll put some large sheets of paper on the walls to loosely sketch out plans. I’ve also come to learn that I work more eﬃciently if I make things for “fun” as opposed to making something for a speciﬁc deadline.
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