As the world progresses towards more acceptance of what used to be considered abnormal, the existence of ‘non-traditional’ bodies becomes more celebrated. Throughout our entire lifespan the human form doesn't just exist as one shape or size. Our bodies are constantly going through a state of change. The body is a unique living history of how special being an individual is. Yet, every day, we are bombarded with content using our bodies and identities to tell us that we aren’t happy, but we can be if we conform to an idealized image. As a trans person, I have gone through many changes in my life. My materials and body of work represent these changes and the inability to fully control the outcome of my body image. Through a physical manipulation of materials I can set in place variables that give me the semblance of control. Whether I carve away from the form, paint the surface, or interact with the material as the body is growing, I find a way to imply agency over the body. But just like with the human body, the material will do what it wants to do.
Materials like mirrors, and acrylic eyes, are used to force a consideration of these nonconsensual expectations of how a body should look. As my work forms itself, distorted bodies expand: transform, decay, develop and reshape themselves to evolve outside of traditional standards for figurative work. Using my own experiences with my body and gender identity, I seek to create a relationship between myself and others; those whose bodies may be considered abject in society's view of what a person’s body should look like.