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As an artist, I work mainly with acrylic on canvas. Lately, my work explores the visual narrative of bodies in water. Growing up in San Diego, I developed a fascination for the ocean and its transformative powers. Water cleanses, but it also distorts: it obscures, refracts, and rearranges. I hope to harness that movement, not only of light through water, but of the physical body broken apart and reimagined within a new territory. Water enacts a kind of violence, pushing back against us by creating unrecognizable shapes, fissures, and blurred demarcations, while ultimately revising our perception of the normative human form. In these liminal spaces, my hope is to disrupt the body-typified and reimagine ourselves within the Anthropocene.

 
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