I am a textile artist, sculptor, and poet operating out of the California Bay Area. My work focuses on the ways trauma and recovery are experienced both internally and externally, individually and communally, positively and negatively.
We often see ourselves as two entities: our bodies and our brains. Our bodies exist to tell the stories playing in the back of our head, just like our minds exist to uncover the stories our nerves beg to tell. Women’s bodies are treated as the ultimate dichotomy. They are treated as temples – the utmost expression of purity – but they are also treated as something to be desecrated, overpowered, and controlled. Forgetting is an act of relief, but emotion builds up in your tailbone until you can’t stand to ignore the weight of grief. My work focuses on women’s bodies, and the way these bodies take up space in a world made to combat their existence at any given moment. I use versions of my own corporeality to represent the ways sexual assault changed the way I experience embodiment. Through poetry and repetition, I work to rewrite the body and create a preserved space in which story can be told not only through word, but through corporeal presence. As a human, split into two interweaving storylines, all we can hope is to find common strands, similar strings, visible between our bodies. In this way, I create a distinct voice for myself and for survivors of similar sexual traumas.