Influenced by an upbringing in California and Oklahoma, I have spent much of my childhood reading adventure and detective tales, history and art history books, and ghost stories. The results of this youth soaked in specific cultural landscapes are explorations of the lines between history and mythology, between memory and perceived experience, and between intrinsic behavior and learned tendencies. My work explores the social conventions and meaning of families, our relationships to the photograph and its inherent emotional ties, and what it is to be a person living in our contemporary world.
Deeply inspired by these subjects and our frantic society, I have many long-term projects either currently in progress or in research. The roots of the American West, my connection to Latin America through my husband, and my own unknown parentage all affect several on-going projects. Sound installation I’m Perfectly Fine Without You (2010-present) is an archive of interviews with children of absent fathers recollecting their experiences; diorama and installation The Missing Tourists, or Disappearance in Death Valley (2011) is an intersection between mythology, the American West, the eternal conflict between humans and nature. Painting series A Reconstructed Family Reunion (2012-present) combines and falsifies family photos of my family with my Iranian father’s, who I never met or know. Additionally, I am currently working on a graphic novel based on the German tourists featured in The Missing Tourists, as well as new photo/digital media series Deterioration (2013-present), which details the progression of Multiple Sclerosis on my brain. I also have an illustration Tumblr called Venezuelan Sayings(2014-present), which is a collection of colloquial Venezuelan idioms that are translated and illustrated; by accepting suggestions, I collaborate with others to collect and interpret this cultural ephemera. I currently reside in Denver, Colorado.
Me as a baby