What are you looking for that you can’t find within yourself? For a lot of us, including myself, the answer is love, and coming to this conclusion can be transformative.
Our best selves are often held back by self doubt, and the experiences that made us feel misunderstood. We reshape our identity through some of these experiences; and through my work in portraiture, I’ve grown more aware of how much difficult emotions can skew how we see ourselves.
I believe that comfort equals confidence, and how a portrait ought to bring you closer to yourself. But I discovered how such feelings hold no permanence overtime, and It can be difficult to cope with this as you are trying grow into your best self.
With this ongoing body of work I wanted to find a pragmatic way to reconcile with these emotions: to literally change how we see in hopes to change how we feel. Some images are manipulated and collaged to illustrate a distance between emotions and identity. By then printing on a variety of fabrics and papers, and reshaping them in resin, I mean to sit with feelings I cling to, and honor each bend, fold and crease for what they are: feelings that change. This is a process of retroactive reconciliation, that helps me let go and bring myself closer to closure.