ARTIST STATEMENT

photo by: Zoe Lembeck

photo by: Zoe Lembeck

My work is informed by my surroundings: architecture, negative space, rhythms, relationships, proximity, abstraction. My movement generation is rooted in improvisation - being present, taking the time to listen, and the continuous pursuit to say "yes and...". Throughout my process I push to follow my innate wisdom, slipping out of what I've set as structure to both keep me present and bring about new truths. I aim for my work to create a visual feast—layered like a cake with texture, dynamics, stillness, unpredictability, effort, and honesty. My process also embraces this idea of layering - reaching outside of the dance sphere and incorporating research, imagery, and concepts from varying mediums that both help define and abstract the ideas I'm grappling with. I'm obsessed with connecting and reacting to those who stand witness to my work and relish the intimacy created from having an audience close. I continuously question how I can be more vulnerable with-in my physicality. It's important for me to consider and reconsider the statements I make about my work vs. the movement I make vs. the performance of the work. 

I'm fascinated by dance for camera - curating a moving tableau that captures a moment in time; an essence; and each detail is considered: the lighting, the sound, the fashion, the colors, the angles, the timing and the rhythm. My MondayMoves series is a continuous investigation of this. How can I transcend the mundane into something beyond its simplicity, beyond its everyday-ness so that it's shiny detailed and significant.