id Rather be hEre
2020. I'd Rather Be Here is a series depicting my bed in various outdoor landscapes. These are the places I'd rather be, when I am stuck in bed for long periods of time due to my disability. This photo was taken on top of the hills I can see from my bedroom window.
if I am going to be stuck in bed, id rathEr be here.
imagine you are stuck in bed for 2 months. you can maneuver around the house for short periods of time throughout the day. time fEels long and short. it takes you over an hour to take a shower and 30 minutes to brush your hair. it seems like other people have more hours in the day. out of your bedroom window are lush green rolling hills a couple of miles away. the grass is so green it is almost glowing. you look at the hiLls from your bed and think about how much you'd rather be there. not even runNing through the graSs just laying there in your bed. you want the sun to hit your face and you want the wind to reassure you that the earth is stiLl alive
2020. Sweet Dreams explores the intricacies of everyday ableism and everyday ableist comments. Some of the comments recount dialogue said to the artist. Other phrases were submitted by other disabled and/or chronically ill individuals as documentation of comments that have been said to them. Through using recognizable objects associated with disability in correlation with playful colors, Sweet Dreams aims to reclaim objects commonly associated with pain and disrupt the narrative on what it means to be disabled.
2021. Untitled (Flags) offers space to deconstruct the nuances of homophobic microaggressions. The hand embroidered phrases reflect comments that have been said directly to the artist as well as comments submitted by other queer people in online spaces. By installing and documenting the flags in public spaces, Untitled (Flags) encourages dialogue about commonplace homophobic phrases that are not often talked about.
I have always thought that some feelings are so big they can only exist as a color. There have been times when I didn’t have words but could only say that I felt red, that I felt blue, that I felt yellow. I communicate the things that are most important to me visually through strategic use of color in hopes of sharing these feelings with the viewer.
My work has this duality of being an outlet of expression for myself but also for other people who need it. Drawing from the wells of being multiply marginalized my practice unpacks the intricacies of everyday interactions for queer people, disabled people, and gender minorities. I dissect dialogue through text-based art to create space to question and disrupt narratives. My intention in working this way is to generate discussion about issues that are not always openly talked about.