It’s Not What it Looks Like
Works (in order of gallery):
“It’s Not What it Looks Like” from Siksikiinglish: Because You Do Not Have the Language to Read This…
Medium: digital collage series
Medium: 9 minute video
As a third culture, biracial and diasporic ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ/ white queer artist I carry my home and community inside me as memories. Those before me live in the marrow of my bones which will beget those who come after. My skin and dreams tell me stories and help me remember. My first memory is of a story, as all memories will become.
By exploring embodied storytelling through the externalization of experience, memory and trauma, my work investigates the liminal, fluid identities that I occupy. Operating in photographic and time-based media, I disrupt the absolutist violence cameras have perpetuated as tools which fabricate “truths” and serve as authorities of memory to uphold dominant historical narratives. I incorporate found imagery (mining the public and familial archives), layered with process marks (remnants of literal chemistry or digital tools), and performative and constructed images to heal trauma through re-memory.