Final Cut, Oldenberg, Germany
My 2007 drawing "Hermaphroditic" will be presented in conversation with "Blue Nude I" (1952) by ...
My work explores the complexity of internal and external body image and the ways that we interpret our physical selves. Illness and injury, reproductive systems, bodily function, power, culture, and mass media are all key elements of my visual research.
Such inquiry must incorporate the experiences of others if it is to evolve. My artistic process begins with an exchange between individuals or communities: a series of thematic interviews or workshops that provoke dialogue and open up new ways to consider the human body. These projects are often paired with publications and other collaborations, which in turn inform interpretive works in other media.
The act of drawing allows me to build from the imagery generated through conversation, to visualize what is invisible, proposing imaginative new models based on physical experience. Using ink and paper to explore the fragile but flexible nature of the human body makes a lot of sense to me, whether it’s through the intimacy of hand-held comics, the layered illogic of collage, or the immersive qualities of large-scale drawing and installation. This visual inquiry allows me to transform personal narrative into powerful, playful, and radical re-visions of the human body.