Ribbons and Scissors 1999
I use the human body, either whole, fragmented, or represented through other objects such as clothes, hair, ribbon, and so on to depict mental states such as confusion, clarity, frustration, or unawareness. The bodies are recognizable but deformed, the subjects stripped down to their essentials. They are nude; sometimes even such intimate and inseparable body-elements as hair and eyebrows are missing; only hints like red toenail polish or the shape of a lace dress lead to associations in culture and time. The work is not narrative; there is not one story that the viewer needs to know to apprehend the image, but rather the opposite: the visual image hopes to provoke the viewer to come up with his own associations and stories. In this sense, the work is not trying to move the viewer from one point to another in strict, narrative order. Rather, it is the starting point, the clue for further associations.