IPW: Artist Statement

“This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds.”  -C. G. Jung

With my series Intimacy in the Physical World, I entice the viewer to reflect on the dichotomy of connection and isolation. I believe that although we achieve connection through language, physical proximity, and nonverbal communication, we often feel as if depths within us are still unable to be reached. I use methods of manifestation, such as prayers, affirmations, and rituals, as motifs throughout my work to peer into the human psyche in order to expose our inner most desires and fears. There is also this element of domesticity to allude to upbringing and the use of home as a metaphor for the human psyche. Simply put, I have an interest in the human experience and the common threads between us.

This body of work includes interactive installations that suggest group participation. In addition to this, I work with audio and video as a form of journaling, adding physical dimensionality in the final production. Overall, the forms that I have been working with in this series tend to be minimalist and bold, much like symbols.

Intimacy in the Physical World has been greatly influenced by the philosophies of psychologist Carl Jung , Dr. Brene Brown, and author David Foster Wallace. I find Jung’s concept of synchronicity to be particularly striking and often think of its correlation to the motifs that I’m using. My work poses philosophical questions and simultaneously creates an intimate space in which the view can ponder.