Artist Statement and Creative Activity
My recent work focuses on the story I needed to tell about my struggle in accepting visual impairment. Through the journey of accepting loss, I began to make art again after a long hiatus. As always, I make art to process. That has been the role of making for me since childhood. Because detail in physical making was frustrating, I began to take and alter images with colors and in styles my eyes enjoyed, with a rogue use of applications. This body of work emerged as I first met the world of digital art in a new way. Through use of procreate, I journaled the stories of suffering behind the images that had served as my souvenir for each visit with an eye specialist. I held the suffering of what these images represented--a loss that took four years to accept--and began to wonder if they could be the beginning of something new. They represent the start of my healing story. They've been made in recent months as I focus my research on art, healing and the aesthetic experience, and come to own my story. I see differently now, and that is what the art depicts. I also see myself differently now--as someone who can be brave and do hard things for myself and others.