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I always strive to articulate emotional affect under a rigorous construct that steers away from sentimentality, yet still drives towards catharsis. Nearly every piece begins with an idea that is looking for a form that can materialize that idea with an emotion and/or narrative but that is created under a rigorous structure typically through formal means.
The visual aspect of my work typically starts with a formal visual play, such as a confusion of background and foreground or a contrast between the recognizable and abstract, in order to slow down visual comprehension. From there, I look for a sentiment that can capitalize on this quality that dovetails form and subject matter conceptually and formally.
With the hybrid works that place poems into visual contexts, the process is extended an extra step. The poems are always written first; then I investigate visual forms of them. A form must be found where each aspect expands the other conceptually without becoming an illustration, yet also activate the normally passive act of reading through actions such as memorization and movement.
Often times the hybrid works deal with language and its ability to be both ambiguous and precise, expand in meanings, and function as an image or object.