Artist Statement

My contemporary work often merges dark humor with political and social observations. I like to use unusual, often recycled, materials in addition to traditional paint and plaster. The work crosses between painting and drawing and sculpture. The felt experience comes before the artwork. The vision is the emotion and it translates to the medium. The artwork comes before the language.

 By concealing and tangling the visual language, there is a secretness—it forces me and the viewer to look for layers of meaning. We are left to untangle a meaning, or not. It is not essential to the work because my goal is to find grace in some of unusual materials, and to make art that is beautiful. My hope is that we look deeper, beneath the beauty lies the message which is often not so pretty

 My unwillingness to accept a particular description as an artist is a means of maintaining a sense of autonomy and vitality in the work—of being “in-between.” Some people think or expect that you should make the same kinds of art forever because it creates a convenient narrative. I want my work to embody my inherent contradictions. “The sheer bigness of the world makes me feel lonely to the bone. The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size.” (quote from The Orchid Thief)


Manipulated photo, graphite, paint, wax 9” x 7” (matted 17” x 14”)