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My work is a reflection of myself and the relationships that I have formed throughout my life. I am interested in the constant current of people who come in and out of our lives, and the way that we build relationships through perception and understanding. First impressions are often wrong, and only by looking beyond layers, will a person’s true identity be revealed.
I construct forms that represent an unknown identity. With the use of photographs, layering and microscopic inspired forms, my work considers the complexity of relationships and the way that people relate to one another. The microscopic perspective encourages the viewer to take a close analytical look, while the portrait revealed underneath prompts interest in the unknown.
The pieces are built with structural integrity, but with fragile materials such as glass that can easily be shattered if mistreated, much in the way that relationships can be damaged if not cared for. The aim of my work is to bring insight to the complexity of human relationships and the examination that is necessary to look beyond the surface to truly understand someone.

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Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.