My artwork embraces the absurd in ways that are both dark and comical, silly yet profound. I am inspired by feelings of nostalgia for wholesome moments with others, magic realism, subtle detail, and the peculiarities of human behavior. Having spent several years studying the construction of meaning in different human cultures, I am fascinated by systems of signification and social theories of the individual. My graduate research focused on the construction of a social and moral consciousness in early America, particularly through rhetorics of "interiority"--how people talk about and authorize things you can't see, like "faith," "conscience," "soul," and "experience." I like to think that I am still exploring these interests through visual mediums--capturing small moments of experience while leaving the narrative open, so the viewer can get caught in the act of meaning-making themselves.