A majority of my work is made through a printmaking process where I push dry mediums, such as powdered graphite and chalk pastels, through a photographically exposed silkscreen onto fine art paper. As I press the graphite onto the screen it becomes almost solidly black, the image itself is not revealed until I lift the screen off the paper.
The final image can be impacted by a number of factors: the force of my hand, how much graphite I push through, the arc of my hand movements, and how the image transferred to the screen to begin with. I then print over these images with an acrylic tinted medium. This fixes the image but also changes it in ways that I cannot predict.
Making work from a place where I am not totally sure where I am going relates directly to my life experiences and connects integrally to what I am trying to say in my work. I believe that absolutes are few and far between in life and attempts to impose concrete structures are comforting but ultimately artificial. By acknowledging the spurious nature of the order we impose and bravely embracing the ambiguity and uncertainty that makes up our lives, we free ourselves of the need for-and the comfort of-a single authoritarian vision.
Ironically this realization does not throw us into the abyss but instead grants us the realization that we are not alone