My artistic practice is largely orientated towards aspects of collecting folklore: beliefs, superstitions, traditions along with the stories and songs of past generations. I fondly collect tales from throughout the community, finding myself equally absorbed with the teller as the story. Beyond my enthusiasm for this topic and its captivating visuals, I am determined to illustrate the importance of folklore within our global society. For centuries, oral storytelling has provided communities with escapism from social repression while simultaneously communicating traditional beliefs and morals on an intimate, community based scale. Today, we are almost fully withdrawn from this concept, communicating mostly through social medias. This leads members of society to become ever more estranged with each other, creating anxiety, disorientation and isolation.
By taking affinities from the stories I have collected, I create a canvas where I can demonstrate my own relationship with the tales. While, simultaneously, through my research and exchanges with different groups and people, I aim to provide a sense of togetherness which I feel we, as a society, are losing. This process serves both my curiosities and my ideas about the importance of community.
Although I work with mixed media, glass is a material that dwells as a focal point throughout my practice. For me, the dialog of ephemeral mysticism and suspense created by light, shadow and glass render themselves as my ideal language for storytelling.