My art practice has grown out of a therapeutic need for emotional release, as well as trauma healing. I will graduate with a BFA with a concentration in painting from New World School of the Arts in 2023. I have shown work in group shows at New World School of the Arts such as Rule, No Rule (2017); Cohesion (2021); and Projects (2022). I received an Associate in Arts Degree from Miami Dade College in 2013. I live and work in Miami, Florida.ade College in 2013. I live and work in Miami, Florida.
Art has always been my way of externalizing feelings too potent to keep inside. Recently I have begun to use my work as an opportunity to write my own personal narrative after many years of victim blaming. I sublimate the horrific experience of being groomed for sexual abuse as a young child on the internet and the raw negative emotions that came from it into something which aims at the sublime and transcendent. My hope is to comfort other survivors in the assurance that they are not alone, that healing is possible. By drawing viewers into an uncanny and allegorical realm, I also aim to spark conversations about the dangers of coming of age in the era of information.
Oil paint first appealed to me as a medium because I found the slow drying time to be forgiving. Recently I came to the realization that I have begun to paint exclusively in oils because the perceived monetary value of the paint soothes my deeply rooted feelings of inadequacy which stem from my father’s emotional abuse. Painting has become how I legitimize an existence characterized by shame.
I am influenced by Vincent Van Gogh in terms of not only expressive brush strokes and vivid color, but also by his resilience in the face of both mental and physical anguish. Even with the pain of having a severed ear, he still managed to paint a self portrait. With this in mind I remind myself that I can surmount even my most massive obstacle; my psychiatric disability. I paint in hopes of not only healing myself, but also those around me.