Seeing You Seeing Me, 2019
Found windows, found shutters, mirrors, mirror paint, inkjet on cotton, inkjet on silk
My art practice chronicles the relationship I have with my body. It is the vehicle through which I explore what femininity and womanhood mean in the context of my life. The mirror structure of this installation speaks to our culture’s ritualized fixation on physical appearance, resulting in ingrained behaviors of examination and adjustment. Our bodies become things that are never good enough and can always be improved. Before gaining access to my body through these self portraits, the audience must first see their own bodies in the mirrors and confront the habituated desire to look, criticize, and fix. In this way, the mirror structure also comes to symbolize the exterior of my own body, sheltering and defending the best it can what I keep within.