I want to tell my stories and it's probably going to bother some people. May you find healing amidst the discomfort. My current work attempts to tell the stories that I can't tell in any other way. These are stories of suffering from depression and complex post-traumatic stress disorder while raising a family and trying to make life better for my children than it was for me at their ages.
My work aims to express what it feels like to be grateful for what I have all while I'm dealing with intense grief over the many people and parts of myself I've lost to various tragedies in my lifetime.I put pieces of wood, recycled objects, paper, or all three, together much like I put together my thoughts, feelings and memories from dissociative states in my youth. In both processes, things are not linear. Intense sadness, joy, depression, and reflection come in pieces and I am always trying to make sense of the fragments as they present themselves.
So there's collage and words scattered about the surface, and beautiful colors and shapes to connect things that otherwise wouldn't mean much by themselves. I hope these pieces speak to you in your own language and take you to a place inside of yourself that makes you feel heard and understood and maybe a little bit happy.
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