Utilizing the human object as my primary vehicle, I explore the resilient nature of the human experience and the complex politics of the human body. My recent work celebrates the amazing men and women that make up contemporary, small town burlesque culture. I’m drawn to the concept of performative empowerment as a means of taking control of one’s environment through the vessel of the body. I ultimately propose a more inclusive way of looking at bodies and the people they represent, some limited by a lens of perception colored by stereotypes and destructive tropes.