As an artist I use seemingly benign, somewhat enticing imagery to draw my audience into a layered and unsettling world of complexities. Among the kitsch and banal I cram the gross, grotesque, obnoxious and weird.
I am an opportunistic miner of "the cultural landfills". My imagery is a collision of sources, styles, and subjects that operate in an open-ended and non-linear construction of reality. Like the Internet and a good soap opera, there are numerous inlets and sub-narrative paths that intersect with a network of others. Crawling over, climbing out, hiding within, and digesting its surrounding; my work plays with image glut choc-full of cliché visual puns, and deadpan humor. I hope that this humor operates as a coping mechanism and ice breaker.
I work with readymade systems and personal narrative as a departure point. These structures provide me some parameters to start finding, hiding, and projecting imagery. I embrace spontaneity and let the work take on its own life remixing the boundaries of the pre-existing source. While I hide personal narratives within the work I am less interested in autobiography, and more so in the viewer recognizing their self within the complexity.
This artist's studio is sponsored by the generous support of Brian Tschumper.