My work is an investigation of how the mind and body relate to each other through trauma. The images refer to the physicality of being human and the history of what a body has endured, physically and psychologically. I use gouache, graphite, and charcoal to abstract the figure, expressing physiological and visceral experiences in the human form. Over the years the pathologies attributed to abuse, assault, disease, and chronic pain in my personal life have loosened their hold as I continue to process them in my images. I find this journey to be a commitment to healing and resisting the forces, internal and external, that would prefer for me to reject my body. Through this work I can meditate on the strange and uncomfortable experience of inhabiting a body, and through this investigation I repair the relationship I have to my own physicality.