The inner-workings of the brain fascinate me. I am an analytical person and I try to glean truths from my daily life through the analysis of my observations. Emotions, mental states and brain anatomy are the subject matter of my work and I believe that with each creation I make, I put out a new truth into the world. The intangible becomes tangible.
A major focus of my work is anxiety. I explore this mental illness from both a scientific perspective and in a more personal way. After researching the anatomical origins of anxiety in the brain, I learned about the amygdala which is responsible for our fight-or-flight responses. There were found to be more connections stemming from the amygdala in people who have anxiety than those without. I use the physical form of the amygdala in many pieces and depict the excess of connections in order to convey to the viewer how overwhelming it can feel when dealing with anxiety disorder.
Using anxiety as a jumping off point, I shifted my focus to exploring my own mental consciousness. In this time of personal investigation, I document moments in my life through drawing or painting. I depict calming scenes around me right after sunset when the world feels washed in blue. I let my hand make jagged and frenzied lines when feeling worried or uncomfortable. I carefully draw the folds of my bedsheets after I take long, unnecessary naps while feeling depressed. I share these small moments with the viewer to connect and create a conversation about the varying experiences of mental illness.