My practice uses installation, drawing and painting to question hierarchies in art and society. By juxtaposing the playful and macabre, I disturb the social order and create ambiguity around identity and gender. My work often explores the history of women’s creativity and features elements such as the miniature, the amateur and the domestic, drawing attention to qualities that have historically relegated female work to craft status. I frequently embrace a crowded aesthetic and the the use of low-grade materials.
The fragmented bodies of humans and dolls are referenced throughout my work as a metaphor for human alienation and as a resistance to unambiguous ideals of identity and gender. My work has been influenced by the enigmatic, dismembered bodies and the reclaiming of everyday materials in the art of Wangechi Mutu, Annette Messager, Julie Rrap, Hans Bellmer and Thomas Hirschhorn. Theorists such as Linda Nochlin, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva who discuss the body, dismemberment and abjection have also influenced my work.
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