about cjb


I am a visual artist who combines printmaking, alternative processes in photography, and free-hand drawing to investigate the relationship between our bodies and both the natural and built environments. 


I see parallels between neglected and abandoned environments and hidden or concealed parts of the human form (such as natural fat and curvature, or wounded bodies parts), and seek to express how these hidden worlds echo and reflect each other.


Through mixed mediums, I experiment with mark-making and borrowing elements found in the natural world such as the colors of earth and foliage, and the shapes and textures of rock, water, and wood. I am interested in transposing these elements and those of the human form as a to nod to the interdependency of human and environment. To some extent, I seek to eventuate the mundane, and highlight the unnoticed. 


By exploring socially-neglected aspects of the human body, I challenge viewers to reconsider not only the “normal” human form, but also to reevaluate their own bodies with all their nuance, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies. By focusing on these neglected parts of ourselves, I hope to allow beauty of pure form where there otherwise is shame or disgrace.


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