Artist Statement

 

For over a decade, I have studied photography and queer theory to create work that pushes the boundaries of photography, speaks to counter-culture publics, and investigates the aspects of photography that function as a tool of power. I have used all of this information to inform my practice as a contemporary and active visual artist. I look at how photography establishes normative ways of seeing through the control exerted by photographers to dictate a narrowly focused viewpoint of reality. I use various methods and approaches to exploit this and disrupt the prevailing practices of photography. I often push viewers to think about the image happening outside of the frame, a world that exists but is hidden from view. I layer, hide, and contrast traditional forms of photographic imagery within conceptual or visual modes of infiltration. It is my goal to incorporate queer perspectives within an established and normalized world as an allegory to the subversive tactics reflected in queer practices.