many years I have been interested in creating work that explores "weighted"
content within an accessible, yet provoking, visual dialog.
vocabulary of visual language has grown from once employing
mundane and it's social connections to now encompassing
everything that is produced or that has been created. This includes,
but does not limit itself to, popular culture, consumerism and
the fine and commercial arts. It is my belief that everything
created has existence in each person’s consciousness and
can therefore be acknowledged in some form to a great many people.
My hope is to speak to this recognition or experience while manipulating
and re-contextualizing its familiarity.
production is influenced by a traditional, classical background
and appreciation of art history, especially Pop, Minimalism,
Fluxus, Surrealism and Conceptual art. Continually, it has been
aesthetically and socially interesting for me to employ humble,
understated and, often, playful materials. This has necessitated
resourceful working methods requiring me, in a somewhat MacGyver-like
way, to transform something mundane or craft-like into something
that is effectively recognized, and therefore useful, visual
vocabulary. These practical yet deliberate media choices have
proved seductive to my own tactile desires while simultaneously
critiquing standards, class and technology in contemporary art.
a very young immigrant to California, assimilation was a culturally
learned survival tactic that now serves my artistic
practice well. The experience from an inherited culture is the
only one I know and therefore is my source for executing ideas.
A hybridization of values informs, confuses or enlightens how
I view humanity. I like to take it all in, then strip away the
unessential to consequently explore content that is "heavy" through
both humor and pathos.