I am a Metro DC-based artist who also teaches K-6 art!
Lately, my artwork has been of imaginary monsters that you see in my portfolio.
The ways that imagination manifests itself in reality, particularly in the creation of art is a process that intrigues me. To me, creating monsters is a way of investigating imagination through different physical and artistic mediums. Monsters are also a way of connecting with other people; one way or another, everyone relates back to my monsters. They’re the creatures that stomp around the inner workings of our imaginations, taking various forms for different ideas within different people.
My monsters often revolve around notions of comfort and intimacy as well. Viewers can literally find comfort in the arms of some of my monsters, and others find comfort in the vague familiarity of their forms, as if they are a shadow of something they may once have seen in their own imagination. I myself find comfort in the process of creating them, and where others might find tedium, I often find relief. Whether it be in the hand stitching of a soft sculpture monster, or the meticulous placing of grass on a ceramic monster, if I cannot find comfort and joy within the intimate process of making a piece, I cannot bring myself to complete it. For if I as the creator cannot find comfort or joy in a piece, how could I expect anyone else to?