Renaissance Soul::Social Web & Marketing Strategist/ Mixed Media, Fiber & Textile Artist/ Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer/ Cultural Anthropologist/ Yogini/ Shambhala Buddhist/ Cultural Entrepreneur
My art is an exploration of the importance of change and releasing the past in order to facilitate personal growth, empowerment and transformation. The utilization of mythic figures, archetypes, motifs and themes allows me to explore letting go of the familiar, safe and secure in order to travel to the dark, often frightening, places of the soul. As an artist, I use layers of digital images, ink, paint, handmade paper, ephemera, beads, textiles, fibers and glass to create pieces in which some of the images remain visible while others become fragmented, distorted, veiled or buried. The resulting piece is complex and multi-layered in the same way that life is complex and multi-layered. True understanding comes with being able to envision what is below the surface. The imagery, taken from indigenous cultures, mythology, fairytales and the Tarot, requires a level of introspection… an inward journey and a willingness to face both the positive and negative aspects of life, human experience, culture and the world. As a result, the process of creation becomes an excavation of self. What should remain visible and what should be hidden from view? How does our culture control our perceptions? How do these perceptions impact our view of reality and illusion? I want the viewer to question, explore and discover their own truth.