I became fascinated with biology when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.
I wanted to learn how the disease affected the central nervous system and how the
myelin was damaged inside the body. Then, in 2004, I was also diagnosed with Lupus,
which pulled up images of what my anti-nuclear antibody titers looked like in my blood
Being an artist, I began to see these images as visionary compositions I could use in my
work. Because I mainly use garment patterns and textiles in my art, I decided to
combine the two subjects and this resulted into a vast collection of both relevant and
illogical experiments. Some pieces are clearly illustrative of disease, while others took
quite an imaginative turn.
Four years ago, I was also diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Believe it or not, this was a
harder pill to swallow than both physical ailments combined. I grew up with a mother
who was severely Bipolar back when SSRIs were not yet invented. I witnessed her
struggles and constant, intense cycling of mania and depression – her many visits in
and out of psychiatric wards and medications that did very little for her. It was probably
the biggest fear in my life to receive the same diagnosis, but here it was. One of my
paintings in this show is about my mother’s struggles with Bipolar and inheriting this
debilitating mental illness.
Thanks to the advances in medicine, I am doing well. My physical and mental burdens
are well managed. This is because I have great doctors that know what they are doing
and are familiar with the medications they prescribe. They also keep a close watch over
me, are personable and truly care about my well being. It took me many years to find
doctors like these.
I use garment patterns because I grew up as a pattern cutter alongside my brother in
my father’s company in downtown Los Angeles in the apparel manufacturing trade.
Since I am a self-taught artist, I decided to create artwork with what I knew best, so I
incorporate the materials from the pattern-making trade into my work. I often use
embroidery, sewing pins, master patterns, stitching, textiles, and a kind of personal
narrative in the art to interweave a connection between myself and the viewer.
I hope the viewer will enjoy the handmade, crafted aspect of my work, and the
imagination that goes into every piece. I aim to bring a smile, and hopefully some
laughter, to my viewers.