About the artist.
I continuously strive towards a forceful intimacy with viewers of my work, persistently questioning our communal pursuit of happiness. It is paramount for me to reveal flawed behavior that presents malfunction through both contemporary theories and portraits of desperation and loneliness. I ask: Is the desire to find connection simply a self-fulfilling narrative towards inevitable failure? Can I, along with a growing relationship with the participant demonstrate and embody this cycle through the duality of fantasy and reality? With this, the hope is to achieve an art form that subverts the notion of happiness towards a discovery of its unlawful deception.
Who or what are your artistic inﬂuences and how have they impacted you or your work?
Rachel Maclean, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Barney, and Shaye St. John are all influential people that I can remember having a physical impact on me when I first saw their work. With all of these artists, there is a certain tension of something that can go completely off the rails at any moment that keeps me on edge. I feel this sense of being not here or there, and have found myself wondering about how even with this in-betweenness they can find humanity through it. I see that in a lot with characters I develop in my own work- an empathy in the abject.
Do you have any “rituals” that you have to do before, after, or during your art making to keep you creating or put you in the mood to create work?
When I was a kid all the way up to now, I would just lay on my bed, put on headphones and pretend that whatever music was a soundtrack to movies in my head. Particular moments in a song I would think of a scene to a fictitious movie. Even now, I relate a lot of my work to specific songs, For instance, there was one entire show that I based on The Cardigan’s “First Band on the Moon” Album. I even played it during the exhibition.
How does your material or choice of medium impact your work?
Right now a lot of my materials are things that I find at the Dollar Store, or thrifting. I think this scavenging method of assemblage changes perception of the object. It’s interesting to me that the way objects are arranged can impact the way a viewer feels about said thing.
What would you like to see more out of the art world?
I don’t really have an opinion on the art world right now. I try not to think about it.