This series is inspired by anastomosis, defined as "a cross-connection between adjacent channels, tubes, fibers, or other parts of a network." It's a surgical technique used to piece together body parts and rechannel blood flow. In these paintings I reshape and channel my own understanding of the body without the male gaze. It is also inspired by my experience on chemotherapy. I focus on the beauty within today’s body of survival, vulnerability, destruction, and recovery. I turn my subjects inside out to expose their true nudity. Sometimes it’s sexy. Sometimes it’s ugly. And best of all, it’s usually both. I strive to portray my subjects as self-possessing, perhaps discomforting to the viewer in their own self-assertion, dissection, and contortion. The materials lend themselves like flesh unto the plane. I really like that.