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Artist Statement

My work exists as an absurd guide to myself, exploring life on an intersection, the disadvantages I face as a crippled, mad and queer woman, and the privileges I hold as a cisgender, white person. I strive to deliver raw, but humorous, self-portraits that each demonstrate a facet of being, the body of work collectively unravelling my identity. While my works stem from personal lived experience, through memories, emotions, body and mind, they also hope to address the wider systemic issues at play in these dialogues.

My work chases a compulsion, an obsession, with my presence on this planet, and this drive not only initiates the work but also informs the manner of making. I prefer to work in a fast, ad hoc, rough and ready way, primarily utilising soft sculpture. I am drawn to soft sculpture, fabrics and stuffings for their pillowy femininity, their bare fleshy feeling and comforting tactile experience. My choice of materials is balanced between sustainability, cost and accessibility, and they guide the development of the pieces. In my sustainable efforts I recycle materials from previous works, use found objects and pre-loved fabrics and this has become as an important part of my practice as the outcome of the objects I make.

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