Raised by strict Roman Catholics in rural South Louisiana, I have always been fascinated and inspired by icons, altars and adornment of precious objects. My art redirects this awe I felt, as a child, for the otherworldly environment of traditional Catholic churches and points toward the shame too-often accorded the body, especially female, in Catholic tradition. I am reclaiming agency over the female body: its shape, its perception, its relationship to the public gaze. My work utilizes the female figure as a vessel for precious objects collected from my past, transforming the body into a reliquary. My sculptures are a visual narration and an act of catharsis, a purging of my past experiences with sexism, domestic abuse, heartbreaking loss, and my ongoing struggle with Endometriosis.