Recently I have become a bit obsessed with the idea of transformation, inspired by my reading of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The tragic tale of Arachne particularly caught my attention, and I began to look at the history of Spiders in art, from ancient Egypt onwards.
I wanted a way to create an alternate self portrait, where I wasn’t considering a life like rendition, but an emotional, expressive dialogue with myself, my memories and the paint. This spider alter ego became a way for me to explore past experiences of happiness and sadness, to present a new version of the world that I inhabit. She is a reminder to be humble, and also aware of my need and addiction to create and evolve.
I use paint to tell cathartic tales of my ancestry and family across displacements of culture, time, memory and loss. My work explores the creative process of hybridization, that emerges when cultures collide and connect; giving rise to a new sense of universal identity that expands self-perception. I aim to explore duality further, as it speaks of our time, our multicultural society, shared history and politics.