The work seen in Might Be Tragic, is inspired by and draws from narrative, specifically fiction, blurring the distinctions between our perceptions of reality and our creations within it. I believe when one observes a narrative they are fulfilling voyeuristic tendencies by vicariously experiencing others realities or non realities.
This work is a culmination of the past two years spent working on a book titled, Not That Tragic, about a mailman living in solitude who watches the neighbors he delivers mail to from across the street and abruptly begins to insert himself into the neighbors' lives in subtle undetected ways. The mailman attempts to break the neighbors from the loneliness and detachment he observes. It is through the tenants emotional retelling of the events that illustrate the disparity of perception and truth. Theprocess of walking through the exhibition, Might Be Tragic, brings the book, Not That Tragic, to life in a three dimensional format exploring the intimate relationship one has with a book and experiencing a world separate from theirs. By playing with scale and rhythm, through the means of installation and large scale reproductions, I’ve designed a space that allows the viewer to experience this sense of immersion and take on the role of voyeur. The color palettes used subvert the viewer’s idea of emotion; centering on themes such as loneliness, solitude, and voyeurism and showcasing these emotions in the bright powerful hues in which we feel them.
The pieces on display reflect a broad range of work: gouache paintings, hand lettering, printmaking, and set design installations connecting narrative and emotion.