The objects in my most recent body of work function as symbolic sentries for social and political reflection. The work responds to where we are as a culture caught up in a climate of rigidity, fear, and resulting inability to accept and assimilate people into the makeup of the nation, a principle in which it was founded.
W all come from somewhere else. We each have a background story that includes a personal or family journey. I aim to evaluate privilege, ownership, and sense of place.
The figure is introduced as disembodied and distorted parts, mixed with rough, found housing construction materials which add to the conceptual texture and harshness of human resilience. I ask the viewer to parallel their own personal or family experiences (often only a paycheck or a political circumstance away from being in the shoes of the homeless or the refugee) and to treat people as people – with empathy and compassion.
Place, as a multifaceted sensibility, can function as a catalyst for art-making that delves into the depths of self-reflection, social analysis, international issues, politics and history, and offers up an excellent conceptual basis for creativity as well as human interaction. As a visual artist, it functions as the backbone of my work generally as I contemplate time, narrative, change and ultimately explore what it is to be where I am.
I encourage self-reflection in life around us in effort to define or question truth.