I am an interdisciplinary artist and musician working to address how illness affects a person’s experience of the world. Within a range of formal strategies, from printmaking, drawing, mixed media sculpture, installation and video, I use collage and assemblage to illustrate how the medical and insurance industries create and arrange our understanding of health and wellness.
I am thinking about figures and how their definitions come together.
Figure: A number. Official statistics or financial performance.
Figure: A person’s bodily shape. Representation of human form. Person seen
indistinctly at a distance.
In Covid we are looking at figures every day. They affect what we do, where we go, how we live, and who we’re with… The number of infections and deaths illustrate an abstraction of how bad the pandemic is. The daily assessment of the risks involved underscore the fragility of our own bodies, the ethics of our own agency, and our sense of individual control. They set the stage for when the state and the law must intervene. When do our desires and behavior become incompatible with the numbers? The work in “Results” is not a direct illustration of these questions, but is a backdrop to my exploration of how the health of bodies are quantified. “Results” is a poetic exploration of how these figures are presented back to us in the form of lab results, health-related advertising, and narratives of cause and effect.