Staying within the ‘self’, along with the body’s framework and context, I constantly experiment with myself to draw out and possibly activate a higher understanding of it. This process investigates different aspects of the body as a biological structure to bring about sociological, societal, political and cultural issues and concerns buried under its physicality. My work problematises the body as both a physical entity and a blueprint that carries numerous symbolisms, histories and associations.
In line with this research are extensive collaborations with artists and groups of people from differing fields such as musicians, curators, inventors, designers and a wide range of researchers and academics. These are pivotal because my work looks to challenge social conventions and provoke discussions around our views and understanding of ourselves, others and our environment, how they are interrelated and inextricably linked, as everything is: from the Self to the Other, and society at large.
The collaborative approach to my practice is based on my belief that art is a catalyst for social change, as it is an essential element in community engagement and communal interaction. I see myself as as a social worker, constantly moving, exploring and learning about various cultures, customs and ways of living. Having lived in various places with several types of communities, I'm continuously learning not just to put value in togetherness but also to place utmost importance in passion strengthened with compassion and generosity.
December, Regla Series, 2016-2017
in collaboration with Anna Gray