Talk to me about the backgrounds in your work?

The background is a subconscious space, it is an actual representation of subconscious emotions, all the emotions that are tugging at us and the people in these images in these experiences and they are therefore mashed together because this is the point of my work, that these experiences are fundamentally the same, defined by the same cultural ethos of violence and fear of others, and scarcity, a deeply damaged psychology. So, these background spaces are made as blended abstractions, a place that feels like scratches on a prison wall, the walls of the psyche perhaps, an almost dreamlike space, not meant to look real but not wholly unreal either, borrowing from the real and blending and twisting it.

If you were to walk into a gallery and see my work, and someone was to ask you: Where do you think this artist is from? More than likely, you would answer: Texas. I paint about immigration at the US-M

I initially started using embroidery thread because I had a dream about it in which I saw embroidery thread dripping in paint, going through a canvas and dripping down the canvas. The images in the dr