Through the years I have challenged myself to explore many ways of producing my art and to discover more about the psychology in the work itself. My art develops from concepts, improvisation, and events, that use subjects such as, memories, stories, and Native American culture that have all become more prominent in the work.
The personal connection I have to the Chickasaw tribe has always been important to me although for many years I avoided using the content of my heritage in my work. As a child i was taught to be proud of my heritage and my people. The shared lessons about our culture, traditions, and stories of our family were precious to me and I was afraid of allowing them to become cliché through my artwork. As I have become more comfortable with myself, my art, and my content I have found it important to face the challenge of exploring my heritage through sculpture.
My art works are reflective of a rediscovery through evaluation of ones self. In order to redefine your existence, peel back your childhood, your identity, and your personal experiences – the truth that lies just beneath the surface will emerge. Andy Goldsworthy said “Something just under the surface directly affects the outside surface.” In my quest for personal answers in my art this is exactly what I found. All of life’s experiences, remembered and repressed, have begun to resurface and it is all just under that delicate surface, the surface of truth and ownership.
My art has always been about personal expression with multiple levels of communication. The right material and image in the right context says the right thing. It is all about connecting to the viewer in a visual conversation.
Details became overly important
Once I quit worrying about my grades and just worried about talking about my work then I just blossomed
Being Native American
There was a need to address issues