July 14 - Aug 26, 2017
Satori noun . sa·to·ri. səˈtôrē/
A sudden inexpressable feeling of inner understanding.
I have always been fascinated by people, by our bodies, relationships, and emotions. We are all such complex and mysterious creatures, and to me that is endlessly inspiring. The medium of ink facilitates a fluid relationship between my work and myself. It allows for spontaneity and happy accidents. The figures that emerge as I paint are my expression of the human experience. As a young woman living with chronic pain, I have experienced quite a bit of sorrow, however, I have also known so much joy and beauty. My hope is that people will see their own stories in my work.
I spent most of my life in a small town in Colorado, so living in Seattle has been a big change. As much as I love this city, I see so much human dysfunction and illness. I find it tragic that we are so disconnected from the natural world, from our own wildness. My most recent series has helped me to cope with that feeling of detachment. I have found comfort in the shapes and patterns that I see in nature and how they are reflected in our own bodies. When looking at the human anatomy through a microscope, much of it is indiscernible from plant life and other natural structures. This series is my exploration of that ambiguity.