ARTIST STATEMENT: I believe in slowness, and humanity. I endeavor to make pieces that represent a conflation of similar moments to convey an experience in a single snapshot. The tenuous grasp on a moment, the richness of the experience, and the romance of the memory perpetually teeter on the brink of being lost. I want my work to resonate on this brink. I use balance as a process in my work to deliver a physical tension that makes vulnerability and fragility palatable to the viewer.
Using balance and tension as a process is a way for my work to physically connect with the viewer. Most efficacious artwork will set up a dialog with the viewer using color, or subject matter, or scale. The connection I strive to make with the viewer is the sensation of vulnerability and unease that comes with the realization that what they are seeing is real. I want the viewer to be aware of the precarious nature of my pieces so that they can start to form a relationship with them. The process itself is a physical risk that I take in order to invite someone to emotionally or mentally invest in my work. It is important to me that the viewer not just “see” the work, but experience what I have offered.
Cautionary Tale 2012 china cabinet, caution tape, china, nails variable A china cabinet is strung up and secure to a wall with nails and caution tape. The china falls out upon installation.
Not So Leisurely 2014 rocking chair 3.5 ft x 4 ft x 2.5 ft A rocking chair balances upside down, with no aids or armature.
Displaced #2 2016 love seat, book 3.5 ft x 5.5 ft x 3 ft A love seat is balanced on one leg with the help of a book. It is not attached to the floor and is not held in place by anything other than gravity.
I Was Nine 2012 toy cars 5.5 ft x 16 ft x .75 in 1600 toy cars arranged to form a self portrait as a boy.
Family Portrait 2010 couch, tape variable full sized couch taped to the wall using scotch tape and only scotch tape.