artist statement

As an artist and musician, my work employs the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them as materials to reflect on themes of belonging and affinity. Drawing on histories of exclusion and marginalization, my practice seeks to reassert agency to those stories that have been subjected to silence, rupture, and abandon. Refashioning the body as a way to reaffirm and reimagine struggles of self-determination, the breath and the voice thus become sites of investigation that enable exchange, dialogue, and transformation. Most recently, my work around the breath has come to enable a strategy for becoming, a predecessor to speech where the breath remains a site of possibility. As a space that gives agency to voices that are no longer offered the ability to speak, this investigation allows me to link the body with histories of marginalization while contemplating the means for which these voices are mediated. As a subject of formal and conceptual concern for my work, I am committed to locating myself within this critical framework as a way to illuminate constructions of identity and other historically marginalized positions to forge new ontological and epistemological questions of community, history, affinity, and belonging.