This series is the beginning of an exploration of the question, "Who am I, as an artist?" Created for the exhibition Show and Tell: Artists Outside the Classroom, where artists were asked to exhibit works that identified their roles in the world of art, this series begins to highlight underlying motivations in my work. Even though I am classically trained as a printmaker and photographer, my work has spanned a range of materials and mediums over the past year. Although they differ in theme and structure, these works all have a central, underlying purpose: to communicate, educate, and inspire thought. From interactive tomato vine installation bringing awareness about GMOs to hand-stitched symbols of (in)equality, each piece is aimed at creating a dialogue amongst viewers, whether internal or external. My goal is to have viewers leave the work with a question raised or a new perspective.
These linocut relief prints are the beginning of a visual representation of this dialogue. In order to produce these pieces, I recorded words such as 'question', 'no', 'why', and 'protest' on recording software, then transferred these sound waves to linoleum before carving and printing them. These words, representing what I hope is the end product of all of my work, can now themselves begin to create their own dialogues.