Artist Statement: I am a cross-disciplinary artist working in painting, printmaking, and publications. My work draws from my own queer, feminized, and mentally ill experience. With my work I discuss the nature and needs of bringing a complex private experience to a public space, by doing so with my own past. I make things with my hands as a way to think through my own experiences; not just as an act of processing, but as an act of extending and embodying personal history, and doing so with narrative agency. My work often embraces melodrama, camp, and humor as a language to honestly interpret trauma and perseverance – not just as something bad or scary, but as something that is a mundane fact of life for many people, and fundamentally does not negate joy.