The works of Inner Worlds explore seeing ourselves, a continuation of my fascination with observing our world from varied perspectives. My series Listen to Our Stories imagines us sitting with each other listening to better know and understand each other. Understanding others depends on our ability to know, and understand ourselves - looking inward to then look outward. Self-knowledge includes having an awareness of the filters we use to observe and respond to life around us as well as a realization of our interconnectivity.
I make cutouts from the printed profile photographs I capture, arranging them into a temporary relationship of parts. I photograph my constructions with shadows and spaces enjoying the imperfections of the printed hand-cut paper edges, then print my collage onto the wood panel to incorporate the grain in the final artwork. My process and medium, using both analog and digital technique speaks to our flexibility and fluidity - past, present, future taking a peek into the layered and textured topography of our ever-changing inner worlds.
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. ~Anaïs Nin