In chapter 9 of the Gospel of Mark a desperate father goes to Jesus for help in healing his dying son. Jesus tells him that he must believe and the father answers with a statement that seems, on surface, to be paradoxical: “Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.”
My art and I are equally paradoxical. I am a devout, agnostic, universalist Christian, and I make rich, textural, subversive iconographic prints that express a deep appreciation for my faith tradition while also serving, along with installation and performance, to examine and critique the intersection between culture, politics, race, and religion in the politically conservative and biblically literalist Evangelical culture in which I was raised.
My goal is to begin a conversation that will continue beyond the viewer’s engagement with the work and to articulate a Deity that is greater than that in which the viewer may have previously believed in while not shying away from the kind of agnosticism that is found in the words of that desperate father from Mark 9.