Artist Statement 

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I have suffered in countless ways and am certain you have too.  It is difficult to understand the existence of so much trauma, pain and injustice.  My art practice seeks to answer the question: Can there be beauty in suffering?  Rather than enabling a visceral reaction to run from pain and struggle, I attempt to magnify and cradle it, to place my pain high on a pedestal and honour it for how it strengthens me. 

 In Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl’s (1962) mémoire, Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl recounts surviving the Nazi death camps as a Jewish intellectual. In the telling of his experiences, Frankl argues we cannot avoid our suffering but may instead seek meaning in it and move forward with purpose. Since reading Frankl’s mémoire, I have made the commitment to immerse myself within my own suffering and analyze its purpose through a variety of artistic mediums, including acrylic paint, clay, photography, and mixed media.

I aim for my audience to view my work through the lens of their own experiences, producing their own questions to human suffering. I intend to reduce the shame of trauma and encourage people to be vulnerable, compassionate and courageous within their own traumas:

“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” -Viktor E. Frankl.

Frankl, Viktor E. (1962). Man's search for meaning: an introduction to logotherapy. Beacon Press.

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