In Their Words:
“My work begins with a fascination for reverse anthropology, utilizing my biography not only for exploration of personal experience, but also as a lens to comprehend the persistent effects of social institutions and cultural practice on an individual.
Political statements and statements about sexuality are at the forefront of my work i.e. immigration, AIDS, and queer identity. Through these outlets, I aim not only able to reclaim my personal narrative, but to creatively reconstruct history. Through the reassembly of imagery: colonial propaganda, indigenous codexes, consumer print media, I create new iconography presenting alternative and relevant understandings of colonialism, culture, sex, etc. Beyond the copious use of printmaking to radically expand my work, I am interested in experimentation, not only in printmaking processes but also in conceptualizing the print.
Belonging to a population that is often excluded and condemned, printmaking becomes a response to the exclusionary history books, religious propaganda, and magazines populating my upbringing. The print and its ability to be infinitely reproduced re-assumes the tools of system for subversion and to insert condemned and excluded people with which I identify into the larger national conversation to provide the missing pages.