In the days after the 2016 presidential election, my regular artist statement feels trivial because I experienced a profound loss on November 8. It was a proud moment for me to vote for a woman for president, and a bitter defeat when so much was at stake. I am comforted by the fact that my vote was counted among the majority popular vote.

In the days after the election, news stories are full of bold acts of hatred and violence. Friends are tearful and shattered. Students come to me to express fear that is not unfounded. My own campus is in the news for an act of hatred in the dorms. And I am filled with a resolve to do better.

Choosing to be an artist is a political act. Every piece that I make is a manifestation of the experience of growing up a woman in a world where I have to work twice as hard as my male peers. This experience has instilled in me a desire to promote justice and equality for everyone regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I am an educated, white woman, and that has afforded me privilege. And with that privilege comes a duty to use my voice.

I believe in equality, education, and civility. I believe we need to make choices based on how our actions impact a global community. I believe we need to take care of our planet, because there are too many warning signs to ignore.

I believe there is power in thoughtfulness, labor and skill. I make artwork that has a strong historical connection because I believe we need to learn from the past in order to create a quality of life for everyone that is guided by integrity and respect.