I make work that attempts to decode the sun, the cosmos, and our origin through the utopian task of materializing sunlight. I translate ephemeral sun events into physical forms, experimenting with how materiality impacts our experience of light.
Using a wide range of materials, I have developed an intuitive visual language to create a series of sculptures that often reject objecthood--sheer lightweight silk sways as the viewer approaches and disrupts the surrounding air, intricate glass webs veer in and out of invisibility, texturally rich surfaces beg for a closer look but remain mysterious upon inspection.
My photographs explore gendered anatomical forms derived from these solar refractions. While in Western cultures the sun is seen as masculine, historically the sun’s gender has changed to suit the needs of the culture interpreting it. The fluidity of the sun’s gender, and of gender in general, is portrayed in my aluminum dye sublimation prints. The spectral forms and slivers of variegated color on the metal surface suggest a chemical process as their origin. The bilaterally symmetrical compositions alternatively suggest a womb, tunnel, protrusion, or shaft. The works question traditional notions of “natural” and its associated binaries and hierarchies.
My process is an enactment of a ritualistic studio practice of sun worship and proto-science. I investigate the sun because of its singular universality. My work also celebrates the unknown and the subjective, the space between science and mythology. I feel that a common visual language, one that articulates the few universal truths, can be arrived at via the sun.
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