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ARTIST STATEMENT

     I started making art when I realized that I could show what I meant better than I could say what I meant. I try to be very perceptive and experimental in my process and I think that printmaking is the medium that aligns the best with this approach. It’s hard to describe the sense of accomplishment and awe you feel when you pull a successful print off the press bed and the connection to history you feel when working is like nothing else. In my life I put great stock in the past and how we are connected to everything that came before us and being able to use such an old form of technology to express my ideas creatively has served to inform my work in ways that I couldn't have imagined. 

    There are very few universal truths that exist in our world but one of them is that we will all experience great loss at some point in our lives. Whether this be the life altering loss of a family member, a friend, or a lost love, we are almost always irreparably changed by the hole that is created - a tiny puncture mark in the timeline of your life. One event can shape us more than we imagined and in my current body of work I have tried to portray the concentric waves of anguish that circle around you when memories have the ability to make you sad and happy at the same time. As human beings we are always trying to control the uncontrollable but I believe that we can find the deepest levels of human connection when we accept that we can’t fix everything and we stop endlessly negotiating the line between the past and the present. I have tried to combine images, context, and memories to reconcile the past with the present without blurring them together; using art for its ability to preserve as well as inform.