Mania, 2018 - 2019

manic depression, mania, art

My first series, recently retitled, Mania, takes a deeper look into my manic depression. I was diagnosed during the time I was making this work, and it documents my most frantic manic episodes; some of this work was a product of several all-nighters in which I wouldn't sleep for 48 hours. As a result, each piece throughout this series highlights various states of mental distress; the excessive use of body parts personifies the loneliness, stress, and confusion that encompassed my brain and body. Common themes I have visited throughout this series are conveyed through disconnected and dismembered figures and limbs to depict numb, out-of-body, and dreamlike sensations; other pieces show faces and bodies that appear smashed and tightly wound together to portray irrational thoughts and delusions. 

mirror, vanity, decal, found object, art

Take A Good Look At Yourself , 2019

Take A Good Look At Yourself is the name of a series of found mirror projects I will be pursuing. These mirrors, found in garage sales, flea markets, second-hand shops, etc. will be sanded and scratched until the viewer's reflection is unrecognizable. A decal vinyl sticker will then be applied on top. These mirrors are meant to question the viewer's view of themselves and others. How important are our physical appearances to ourselves and the public? Why do we judge people on their physical appearances so harshly? This is not only criticizing the public, but also myself, who probably spends way too much time looking at myself in the mirror and judging other people's physical appearances.