Artist Statement

zuri 2When you look in the mirror, what if the face staring back at you was so alien to you, so foreign, that your mind was unable to accept it?

My artwork got it’s earliest beginnings as a statement of body dysmorphic disorder, or body dysphoria.  This revolves around the idea that the body we were born in is wrong in shape or in gender, and we must change it in order to live our lives they way we were truly meant to be.

The elongated necks, stylized facial features, resemble the long necked women of the Kayan tribes of Burma, whose neck rings are easily recognizable, and the work of Modigliani, whose work also typified this look.  The tribal markings in the portraits are somewhat similar to the Kachina of the Pueblo Native Americans and African tribes, as well as taking some inspiration from the artwork of the Australian Aborigines.

It is my hope that I can instill the viewer with the feeling of awkardness and the alien nature found in one who suffers from having a body so unknown to themselves.  Despite the mismatch of body to mind, I believe that like the figures in my art, we are all beautiful and god-like, bright and wondrous in our uniqueness.

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