I began my artistic journey when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, initially exploring photography and fiber arts. After a relapse of MS left me homebound for nearly a year, I turned to art as a way to cope. I was dealing with Complex PTSD, panic disorder, anxiety, and agoraphobia and I lost my sense of identity and personhood. By channeling my emotions into a creative force, I began to see a path forward through art, activism, and advocacy.
My work embraces my multiple marginalized identities and is also heavily influenced by my time living in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. I strive to represent issues faced by my queer-disabled community, such as accessibility, socioeconomic disparities, political dissonance, and biomedical traumas experienced when interacting within the healthcare system.
My artistic style continues to evolve, especially since the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. I am working through a more socially engaged lens, using video, graphic design, and installation works to create spaces that evoke connectivity to broader issues. Rather than creating art for a viewer, I am striving to create immersive environments that require participation with the viewing community, so they become a part of the work.
I look forward to combining my work with my advocacy and research to reach broad audiences to gain visibility and push back against marginalization for my queer-disabled community.