The Grotesque Side of Human Nature (2021)

I have always been interested in the human body and ways in which to explore it as a physical object that we are both attached and detached from. Many elements come together to create our understanding of what it is to be human, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements. My work aims to expose these many complex elements in a way that is bold and provocative.

Many of my works portray the body as intricately entwined, naked, and in motion. Using abstraction and occasional photographic manipulation, the body is transformed, exposing the surreal and grotesque side of human nature. I am so much influenced by Francis Bacon, surrealistic expression, and Butoh(a form of Japanese dance theatre).

By obscuring the face, the personality is removed, leaving us with only intimacy, tension, and alienation – a reflection on the human experience and the volatile, elusive energy we all possess. Through my photography, I hope to encourage the viewer to reflect differently on the human body and to see it as a complex system of energy and life.

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