ARTIST STATEMENT

Stories cross the boundaries of time by joining the past to the future and operating as components of cultural preservation, social connection and moral education. My father, an immigrant from Donegal, Ireland, indulged my childhood curiosities about life with Christian stories and anecdotes of growing up on his family farm. His labor as a painting contractor enabled my suburban American upbringing, which provided exposure to visual modes of storytelling propagated through cartoons, comic strips and other syndicated forms of popular culture. By re-engaging with these sources my practice serves as an investigation into the labyrinthine narratives that influenced my formative understanding of heritage, identity and the mysteries of life. Working with house paint, book pages and reclaimed wood, I recontextualize forms, culled from the space of memory, fostering dialogue between images, text and materials.

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