Artist Statement

My work explores the inherent tension between two discordant systems that are forced to reside within the same space and context. By using domestic craft materials that evoke body, hair, and earth, and combining them with rudimentary industrial materials, I hope to elude to a sense of non-belonging and discomfort, the same emotions that are inherent in my existence as a first-generation woman of color living in the United States. My experience forces me to find and create intersections in two cultures that sit in opposition with one another. It is in these created intersections that a third culture, a nearly invisible and misunderstood culture — my culture — exists.

 As a reflection of this experience, the objects that I create serve as relics of a third system that is created at the meeting of industry and domesticity. Outwardly, they are objects that seem to serve no decipherable function, and yet their material language indicates a sense of purpose and industry for a system that the viewer may not have a point of reference to understand or know, but a system that continues to exist regardless.