I have always been attracted to the tradition of object making. Hand crafted objects project a sense of cultural storytelling though materiality, embellishment, and ritual. Humans can connect with people throughout history, even cultures that are not their own, by imagining who would make and/or use an object. Rituals surrounding culturally important items illustrate the day-to-day lives of people who perform such acts, and reflect the norms of their time.
Being a person who identifies as queer, it’s important for me to make objects that reflect my community. I like for my work to have a sense of ritualistic history, as if the objects could be archived in a cultural museum, while also alluding to current issues within the LGBTQ community. I think of my performances with objects as something akin to a storybook, where part of the story has been lost in translation.
Mystery and wonder are important factors for me. Viewers who understand the direct references in my work often express a sense of comical celebration. People who gloss over the themes often express the feeling of curious wonder. Bringing viewers together who are filled with comical celebration and curious wonder is one of the most productive ways to start conversations about LGBTQ issues.