My artwork functions as a personal expression of repressed emotions. I convey various negative emotions through the use of formal elements in my paintings, monoprints, and sculptures. My paintings and monoprints contain anxious and chaotic scenes that function as non-linear narratives from traumatic experiences in my life. The creatures operate as alter egos of myself representing my repressed emotions, or physical characteristics of my appearance. Creating my art allows me to work out personal issues through the use of forms and materials. My art pieces contain various applications of paint, jagged and gestual marks to form the figures, along with childlike graphic imagery such as bulging eyes and crooked teeth. My paintings, monoprints, and sculptures contain energetic reds, acidic yellows, and vibrant purples which add to the energy in the work. The ultimate goal in my work is to spark an emotional response within the viewer. Ideally I would like the overload of hectic information to evoke within the viewer a constant anxious feeling; the same feeling I experience as a result of my battle with anxiety. I am consistently told by others around me to just relax. Through the work the viewer will experience the anxiety that I constantly feel and am unable to escape. If I were able to relax, I would. The overwhelming sensation of anxiety is always with me. My work invites the viewer to experience my personal expression of anxiety and to consider other peoples’ expressions and perceptions of mental illness.