My work ranges from digital and acrylic painting, to short-form video, and installation. Practically all of my work surrounds self-portraiture in one form or another, as my practice is currently focused on grounding myself, and self-reflection. Key themes that I explore are identity, queerness, language and translation, and growing up.
Recently, I’ve been had various personal upheavals, which I have been working through with my practice. This piece is mainly about how graduating is daunting, transitioning from student to not for the first time in 15 years. Through this exhibition, I am reflecting on growing up with the family and friends I had, how I’ve grown at university, and the (good) moments that stand out the most to me. It’s the end of an era, the last one which I had any expectations or plans for, and I feel terrified about my next steps.
As I’ve begun working in video, I’ve been heavily inspired by Cinema Paradiso (the final scene in particular), as well as the wide range of other movies I was raised on. These films and other media have also had a heavy influence as I painstakingly and painfully figure out my queer identity and how that also affects my future, as I am having to face it for the first time without familiar safety nets.
My installation pieces have long-since been inspired by Loie Fuller, but more recently I’ve been drawn to Diana Orving and Cecelia Vicuña’s beautiful work as well. All of my installation pieces focus on building intentional spaces which the audience should interact with, and which are often used as a stage for other video works. I want my work to extend past being seen into being experienced, in hopes of creating deep impressions on the audience.
“I’ve learnt some things. Like the way friendship can be just as intense, beautiful and endless as romance. Like the way there’s love everywhere around me – there’s love for my friends, there’s love for my paintings, there’s love for myself.”