ARTIST STATEMENT: For my work Iâ€™ve created a concept called Fantastic Functionalism. It is where the organic meets the industrial and nature meets science fiction. It involves creating objects, landscapes and environments built on idealism and hope. For example in a drawing titled â€œWhere the Wilderness Evolves,â€ flying bus stops rush to meet the passengers, walking boats stride across the landscape and a mothership floats above it all.
I look at everyday problems on emotional, physical and social levels and imagine new solutions. I express these possibilities in my drawings. The drawings are sculptural in nature. They are built up from combined shapes of objects such as the curve of a faucet, the back of a chair or a knob on an industrial vacuum cleaner. By combining these aesthetic and functional details I create new objects and systems that I then build up to create imaginary landscapes or alternative universes. These fantastic environments involve the potential for movement, new structures and playful relationships.
I think of my work as the sketches or plans of a mad and naÃ¯ve inventor. I create organic machinery, viral landscapes, mutated transportation devices and cyclical systems from a playground of transformed shapes and bright colors. An example of this is a piece titled â€œAlchemic Transmogrifier for Distressed Emotions,â€ in which the fictitious machine takes such emotions as heartache and anger and turns them into bricks for building your next home. Like a mad inventor I never cease to experiment with new materials to put through machines.