I use a camera to get instant results-an immediate reaction to something I see, something I feel, or something I want to say. It gives me access to tiny fragments that I can put together to make a bigger picture. Having the ability to capture time allows for the possibility to manipulate that little fractured moment, to explore that tiny slice of time by connecting many of them and stretching the time out. I make photo montages with these pieces.
They are all experiments-I don't want things to be perfect. Though I appreciate my technical photographic training, it’s not at the forefront of my mind when I’m creating; I embrace the blurry and the overexposed as honest parts of life. My manipulation is both a tribute to, and a test of that honesty. I am the ruler of this alternate universe where milliseconds shape-shift into permanence, where the “imperfect” reveals beauty, and where embellishment uncovers truth.
There are certain rules and guidelines to being a woman. Unspoken laws like, ladies do not swear, ladies do not spit, ladies do not smoke, ladies speak softly, ladies keep a clean house, body, and mind, and so on. My work is inevitably a response to my own female experience. I am white, lower middle class, and rough around the edges, but I work as hard as I can, and I am very serious about what I do.
I have recently graduated college and currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here, I have been trying to figure out where I belong in this world as an artist and as a woman. These works are a demonstration of how women do not need to seek justification or validity from outside sources. There is no one way to be and no shame in being a woman. I use my work to take a stand, even if it’s a small one, motivated by the ideals of the third-wave feminists, from sex positivity to “girly feminism”, alike. I am so enthralled by this idea of turning objectification into power, by taking lipstick and making it beautiful warpaint, by wearing what we choose and not what we are expected to. I take all these patriarchal ideas and constructs and apply them to my work in a rebellious way. My intent is to turn the attention from the “male gaze,” and for women to see themselves within the work and feel unshackled.