I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat
 
 

My work explores the balance and fragility of interpersonal relationships specifically with my mother and I. I do this by metaphorically using salt and figuratively representing the human body through flesh, movement, and salinity matching that of the human body. Inevitably when talking about the body I am also addressing trauma both mentally and physically. In researching the relationship of my mother and I the idea of balance became a central aspect of my research.

 

 

Over the past few years I have been learning the art of balance with relationships to people and spirituality in my life. Specifically, I have been looking at the relationship me and my mother. I have been researching hereditary trauma (epigenetics) and the act of passing down attributes or personality traits that stem from a trauma in the family prior. Expressing this balance with salt allows me to draw on my religious backgrounds as well as relationship with my mother.