I take self-portraits to explore my internal emotional landscape. My self-portraits examine the deeply personal emotional cycles I feel and go through. Each photograph reveals a raw emotional baseline, and as a set represent a range of emotions that are my lived experience.
My body of work lays bare my deep-seated, life long struggle with self-acceptance and the desire to connect with the parts of me that got lost or buried over the years–and questions why this happens in the larger context of societal expectations of beauty and behavior. Creating my art and sharing it is my way of relating with the world, and others as I confront my fears, vulnerabilities, and powerful feelings.
It is my hope that I will inspire those who have similar struggles to find an outlet in which they can find positive connections in the world around them and find that strong purpose in themselves through the process of creating personal art.