Studio at the Yale Norfolk School of Art

Studio at the Yale Norfolk School of Art

Artist Statement

Throughout history, power has belonged to those whose stories are heard and believed. My work confronts and challenges the cross-cultural mythologies of my identity by interweaving personal narrative with tropes of woman as victim, seductress, and liar.

I approach my process as creating ghosts, relics, stains—that which no longer exists but refuses to disappear. The images, objects, and media that I create always involve the body as the site and means of understanding psychosomatic trauma and cyclical consequences of violence. I confront the history of images and materials, and challenge their objectivity to transform their meaning. The distortion, fragmentation, and layers in my work represent how trauma collapses the perception of time, so that the past is always present.

What happens to the woman who stops looking at herself? Does she disappear? It is not easy to trade masks for mirrors, but I have experienced for myself the impact that people can have just by telling the truth about who they are. As stories of the marginalized gain visibility we are made vulnerable, but I believe the source of our pain is also the source of our power.

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