It is the idea of human essence and its ability to travel through time and objects, the eternal return of the sense, that I am drawn to within my practice.
Materials have the potential to transport the mind into faded traditions and make raw connections with past memories. Our pasts, especially the insignificant, dormant or perhaps overlooked bits, can strengthen us in the present and positively influence our future. This is an idea that can dig up mental triggers. Thus I use the mundane, the simple and the bland as structure for fantastical familiarity, absurdity measured through scale, and didactic humor - like casting my crumpled artist statement in bronze, building large steel sculptures based on childhood symbols, or getting pulled over by the police for riding a giant two-person skateboard.
We are all surrounded by messages that have been left behind in materials and matter - as if there is some form of magic waiting quietly to be found.
When looking at my work through the lens of autobiography I have come to realize that my art has in part been a way to cope with my childhood trauma and my research creates a pathway for me to use casual humor to explore both the absurd and the serious thought.
I alter spaces to incorporate installation, sculpture, participation, collaboration and all inclusive environments to engage viewers in immersion. Vulnerability teaches us how to live, how to fail and succeed, but most importantly how to be what it is we desire. What is seen, felt and can be interpreted in the present is shaped by memory. This type of awareness can open the mental door for unlimited potential.
My participation with objects, environments and people allow me to retain and remember information - lending a hand to finding my flow.