We are objects in a collaged space but must we exist as static markers in fixed locations? How can it be that we're able to observe, self-reflect, and evolve but play out our deeply ingrained, on-going pact with violence like a film loop? I tap into the ever-present themes of violence in human behavior and cultural production. My work holds a mirror up to the mediated images of violence that come to us so neatly packaged, so ambiguously portrayed, often seductively beautiful: hyperreal disconnects from shrapnel, shattered bodies, and environmental devastation. I mine the past and present – a vast archive of the human violent imaginary – to project the future.
Pictures from news stories, documentaries, military footage, cinema, advertising, and popular marketing campaigns all serve as my raw material. Recyclable and reusable bags and packaging serve as the substrate. In an effort to point at the embedded subtext and back story I re-contextualize, re-write and re-present. Simply put, it's a challenge to sort out what we see from what we are actually being shown. These translucent artworks are the result of a life amidst an information-saturated retro-futurist-present where absurdity and incoherence seem to be the overriding principles. My vision of the future does not hinge on some illusionary hope for a peaceful coexistence to come, it aims to reposition us in the current moment by revealing our complicity in a perpetual act of violence.