My art practice includes painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. Working with multiple mediums allows for materials to influence content and to take the lead in the work.
Archive: Home, uses the archive to examine my relationship with the spaces in which I reside. In particular, I am focused on the inflated sense of perfection that homesickness and nostalgia impart on a place, as well as the pride attached to a particular place that is most prevalent in the American South. I have collected artifacts from both the natural landscape as well as the physical structures of home. These artifacts include photographs, patterns, paper, cyanotypes, and paintings. Archive: Home began during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which I, along with the rest of the world, was forced to spend more time at home. For me, home is eastern North Carolina, but Archive: Home explores my relationship also to Baltimore, Maryland, as well as ambiguous places that are reminiscent of sentimentality and nostalgia.
Archive: Home is in conjunction with “New Bern: Memory and Landscape,” my thesis project for my Humanistic Studies double major. This project examines the city of New Bern, North Carolina through theory of space, architecture, and anthropology. I explore Martin Luther King Jr. streets, electrical power structures, heritage tourism, the maritime landscape, and the impact of hurricanes to provide a thorough analysis of New Bern, North Carolina and its community.
Archive: Home and “New Bern: Memory and Landscape” work together to address the roles of historical memory and the natural landscape on the idea of ‘home’. This is reinforced through landmarks and signifiers, contradicted by ambiguous artifacts and photographs, and ultimately expands on the established tradition of collections; carefully documented, categorized, and preserved.