My work is about identity and connection, specifically how we connect with ourselves, each other, our communities, and the wider world from the point of view of who we think we are or who we want others to perceive us. I find it fascinating how, from an early age, we learn to don and shed personas as seamlessly as an accomplished stage actor or a comic book superhero. Masters of the entrance and exit, our fictional characters come and go in an ever changing script. My work taps into the playful and entertaining aspects of masking through a series involving the action hero, the stage actor, and the cheesy plot.
Using opacity and translucency, structure and fluidity, and abstracted references, I allude to the dance between order and chaos, exposure and concealment, and connection and disruption, which keeps the cast busy changing wardrobes.
I grew up in Portugal and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. I am a mother, a wife, and a world traveler. I am Portuguese, British and American. I am a hopeless dreamer and a hopeful realist. I have been a graphic designer, an architect, an international executive, an academic, and forever an artist. Master of many identities and experienced in broken connections as well as rock solid ones, I make my entrances and exits with equal measures of bravado and stage fright.