Grief Work

We all participate in grief. My research is framed through studies in history, sociology, folklore, mythology, and the philosophy of the sublime. Notably, I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of family stress and the concept of “ambiguous loss”, when a loss is sudden, often inexplicable, and closure becomes difficult.  In these situations, trauma is transmitted generationally and grief prevails.

My work is produced through processing the ceaseless undercurrents of grief into visual forms that mimic clouds and ash. The forms emerge while I apply additive and subtractive mark making drawing techniques to paper. The drawings are linked to my imagination and are anchored in research of the supernatural. The marks bring to substance an ambiguous space. They act as a mental and visual record, perhaps fragments of paranormal worlds.

Untitled, 2022, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2022, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2022, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″
Onward, 2021, graphite on paper, 42″ x 180″
(detail) Onward, 2021, graphite on paper, 42″ x 180″
Untitled, 2021, ballpoint pen on paper, 15″ x 22″
Untitled, 2021, ballpoint pen on paper, 15″ x 22″
Beyond, 2020, graphite on paper, 42″ x 42″
Beyond, 2020, graphite on paper, 72″ x 42″
Untitled, 2019, ballpoint pen on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2019, ballpoint pen on paper, 30″ x 22″
Beyond, 2019, graphite on paper, 42″ x 42″
Beyond, 2019, graphite on paper, 42″ x 42″
Beyond, 2019, graphite on paper, 72″ x 42″
Untitled, 2018, graphite and watercolor on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2017, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2017, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2017, graphite and watercolor on paper, 30″ x 22″
Untitled, 2017, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″

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