Artist Statement: My artwork is an ongoing exploration of self, through breaking down the barriers of my vulnerabilities. I do this by creating works about healing, pain and emotional numbing. Through self portrait, I am exploring the idea of the Internal and mental wounds, and the idea of the aesthetic of the bruise. Through gestures of the body and the bruise as a mark, I want to represent the feeling of pain and healing, with the expression of emotional numbing. By staining and material, I create a push and pull representing the presence, and the absence of the body. With the use of abstraction and realism, I want to play with the relationship of how the body interacts with a space, as well as bring forward internal pain as something physical. With these works I am exploring my body, emotions, and mind in order to help me reflect a healing state.