Artist Statement:

Through my work I aim to catalogue experiences of identity, investigating the emotional realities of sociocultural landscapes and the ways in which people navigate them. As an artist, my practice is largely led by research based in the social sciences. Utilizing personal narrative, ethnography, and data visualization, I aim to make pieces which are both intellectually engaging and conceptually accessible. I approach each body of work as a case study, focusing on the sociopolitical histories of particular demographics through investigations into archives, libraries, and other collections. Aesthetic cues and compositions are then drawn from the inherent qualities of the respective source materials.

My process is grounded in both textile-based techniques and printmaking, particularly lithography and screen printing.

The result is a conversation between reproducible matrices and sewn substrates, with the aesthetic qualities of each informing the other. In addition to a love for print processes and the utilitarian labor inherent in the art form, I am interested in negotiations of memory through reproduction, and the many social spaces which prints occupy. I am conjointly drawn to textile-based practices traditionally associated with female labor including sewing, quilting, embroidery, and mending, and use these techniques, in addition to print, to explore lineage, intimacy, and affect. Much of my work includes figurative elements, and I am compelled by the ways in which body language, clothing, and gesture hold emotional space. Fragmented and collaged images speak to the complexity of identity, as well as the imperfect categorical systems present in archival spaces. 

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@belle.pilar

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