Combining figuration with surreal elements, my painting practice closely examines the relationship between the self, the physical body, and the metaphysical body in a contemporary context.
I’m interested in the ways that embodied existence causes people to crave “connectedness” while simultaneously striving for individuation. I aim to recreate that tension in my work, often using the visual languages of photography, screens, browser windows, and digital effects to imply nested existences or an illusory reality.
While online avatars and selfies allow for new forms of existential expression, raw corporeal existence is an unavoidable experience that demands consideration and care. Inspired by the teachings and mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, I emphasize embodied presence as necessary for self-knowledge and empathy, and represent the body as a potential site for revolution.