My work explores systems – global & local – and the connections we make to place, to past, and to people in ways that are often affected and informed by the process of globalization that is occurring.
Today’s era of globalization is characterized by the rise of electronic tech. These technologies allow for a quicker and more fluid exchange between individuals, societies, and cultures. The scope of our knowledge, connections to our community, and sense of place in the global system is affected by this process.
Perhaps by engaging with the many viewpoints that exist around the world, individuals and societies may contemplate the building blocks of their own cultural identity and come to understand their own viewpoint better. Maybe they will even take on a new perspective.
In my work, I aim to use different storytelling formats to reflect the building blocks of identity, history, and personal narrative. In fusing cross-cultural imagery, materials, and methods of display, I want to be an active participant in the globalization process. By using techniques to create contrasts and conversations among my visual elements, I highlight cultural differences and similarities in a way that is intended to provoke questioning and inspire new connections.
What is cultural identity? How is it affected by technology? Do you create your own identity and place? Can you record your own story and control your own narrative? Or are you part of a greater system that decides for you?