“Roman à clef, French for novel with a key, is a novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction”
The work I am creating is in reclamation, a realization of my identity. I am crossing the threshold between adolescence and womanhood, overcoming vulnerability felt in memories of learned feminity.
I understand my work as a contemporary visual language in which I can meditate and understand the way women are perceived and act in Western culture.
From characters of the male and female in rap videos and personal memories, I create relics of a time period when these imagined lifestyles were pushed on young women.
I offer an ephemeral lens through which the viewer can analyze popular gender roles. These narratives negotiate fictional rituals of a young girl being nurtured by misogyny. In these narratives celebration and critique are present.
References from the past 20 years create a metaphorical memory bank. From this, I produce a psychological space where lost memories are pieced together. This loss causes projections of the fictional onto reality. I recreate and embellish my past.
I make connections to the social history and accessibility of mediums, as a way to negotiate both the value of women and their craft history.
Through my understanding of the “personal as political”, I intend to use my autobiographical work as a way to connect to and understand others.
I intend for the viewer to question the objects for what they are not in order to understand why they are presented in this way as a metaphor for the way I try to understand constructed imagery around me.