My last name rhymes with “hello,” a simple salutation that’s not too formal and not too shabby. It’s fairly common on a day-to-day basis, and it signifies welcoming and acknowledgement from friends, family, co-workers, and even from that man at the street corner Deli. The part of me that is just a friendly person is embodied in this word; but who I am also includes my artistic side.
As an artist, I see myself as that unrecognizable stranger in the background of a subway car or a park, the invisible observer whose voice is heard in her artwork. The habitual expressions that are overlooked by most are turned into intimate pieces by me. The “hellos” omitted from our memory. That is who I am and what I work with.