My work explores memory, trauma, childhood, mourning, and redemption. I am interested in the complex and timeless experiences that women share in relationships between parenting and in their own youth. I investigate experience and imagination to create surreal, escapist environments in multiple media which approach past trauma through symbolic intermediaries that illuminate despair and hope.
Repeating motifs of birds, unicorns, forest imagery, flattened perspective figures, and jeweled objects are juxtaposed with abstractions of memory that celebrate joyful moments and memorialize painful episodes.
Through my paintings, I investigate childhood trauma and the inherent joy and fear of motherhood. My ceramic work delves further into medical experiences and bodily trauma using carved low reliefs of unicorn tapestry motifs and cast-like formations. My films simultaneously are both a modern memento mori of our time and celebrate the force of life to continue and be reborn.
Narratives of childhood are replayed often only fragments of memories and experiences. Figures emerge from flora and fauna in the landscape and the built environment remembered from when I was a child along the Hudson River, the Palisades, and Inwood Hill Park. Recollections of the Cloisters inspire references to symbolism, medieval ornamentation, and Victorian objects. Works are encrusted in layers of beads, rhinestones, jewelry, and glitter, reminiscent of exploring my mother’s jewelry box as a child and of historical, ritual objects in Jewish and Catholic traditions.