New, never before seen body of work, featuring reliquaries of my life experiences. Purge debuts on February 24th at Modus Locus Art gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Raised by strict Roman Catholics in rural South Louisiana, I have always been fascinated and inspired by icons, altars and adornment of precious objects. My art redirects this awe I felt, as a child, for the otherworldly environment of traditional Catholic churches and points toward the shame too-often accorded the body, especially female, in Catholic tradition. I am reclaiming agency over the female body: its shape, its perception, its relationship to the public gaze. My work utilizes the female figure as a vessel for precious objects collected from my past, transforming the body into a reliquary. My sculptures are a visual narration and an act of catharsis, a purging of my past experiences with sexism, domestic abuse, heartbreaking loss, and my ongoing struggle with Endometriosis.
A Visual Response to living with chronic pain associated with Endometriosis; a female reproductive system disorder.