Lately I’ve rotated my work between social activism on one side and capturing my feelings in nature on the other. This provides a balance for me that sometimes releases tension and other times brings me peace and tranquility. In this nature work, I want to express my womanhood. This is my a self portrait. Nature unreleased my honesty and through it I find my existence. I collected these flowers and leaves, dried them, then used them to illustrate my story. This process brings me closer to nature which is a source of joy and satisfaction for me.
Project January 2018 – Present: Flowers from the center of the universe: traveling time, space and finding the way for myself My work expresses two different sides of my life: reality and fantasy. Since Trump was elected, political issues have motived my work including political self-portraits. I balance that expression using flower petals in my other recent work. This includes creating images of guns and weapons inspired by the news also using dried flowers as a form of therapy. I’m creating other weapon imagery with natural media like cement, wood, and stones. Some found objects from nature I use to create my bloom of happiness to contrast the negativity I feel from the news of events like the Florida shooting. In the Flower Grenade, I wore a military uniform and helmet with a flower overlay to represent a different vision of war where I’m sharing flowers instead of fighting. My intent is to show that with nature or flowers war cannot happen because we will share love.