Several year ago, my art and politics entered into an impassioned union. It was an organic relationship based on my need for purpose, curiousity, and the desire to understand the world we live in. This led to a predictable tension, causing the two sides to engage in constant negotiation and compromise in an attempt to satisfy their own expression. Somewhere along the line, I learned to embrace the tension and use it as a catalyst to challenge myself artistically while continuing to speak to the issues that matter to me. My practice is based on the values of research, collaboration, community, experimentation, risk-taking and knowledge sharing. I am interested in creating with multiple art forms and am most inspired by my travels, through which I have met incredible people who have left a lasting imprint on me. My work does not attempt to offer strategies for complex, historically entrenched systems of oppression; however, my desire is to use my art to reveal the nuances in often concealed experiences.