ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a cartoonist, illustrator, zinester, and printmaker. I work in such media because this lowers the barriers for audiences to access my work, whether in the context of a contemporary art space, a zine fest or library. I examine how the personal can exist in the public sphere by making work that explores personal topics in widely accessible formats. I do this to create impactful relationship between my narratives and my audiences.

My narratives are created through a socially-engaged lens. They focus on autobiography, the quotidian experience, and documentation of the natural world. Inspired by the beauty of everyday objects and individual experiences, my work connects to broader topics related to human impact on the environment and resistance against environment destruction. I render botanical objects that have personal meaning to me, including poppies, marigolds, persimmons, figs, peaches, and lilacs. I also incorporate elemental iconography, specifically fire and water, to explore rebirth and transformation on a personal and societal level. I create imagery of fire in my work to represent catharsis and the need for change. I am drawn towards how water conveys emotion, the physical power water has to transform the earth and living things, and how water is vital for all living beings to survive.

I create pen and ink illustrations that are reproduced in small editions and printed digitally or through screenprinting and risography. This is not only for the boldness of the resulting work, but for its ease of production and distribution through community spaces. My aesthetic utilizes strong, representative visuals with hand lettered text of my own writing, contrast, bright colors, metallics, and a woodblock aesthetic that work in small printed narratives or larger installation formats.

The questions I grapple with in my work include how do I convey personal experience and emotion through my art by using metaphors from the natural world? How does my work impact my audiences? Does my art speak to the everyday experiences, thoughts, worries, and struggles of my audiences? Will my audiences read my narratives and resonate with them? Will my work inspire someone to make a shift in their life? Will my screenprints of botanical prints, water, and attention to natural disaster  encourage my audiences to appreciate and pay more attention to the natural world? Lastly, how can I ensure that my art is always accessible to my intended audiences?

My work is inspired by women and queer print media artists, including Favianna Rodriguez, Swoon, Lynda Barry, Ellen Forney, Jillian Tamaki and Belkis Ayón. My experiences in Sweden offers inspiration from the lettering, playful tone, and political consciousness of contemporary Swedish art. My inspirations inform my intention to evoke pathos and vulnerability in a way that the viewer will find resonant with their own experiences.

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