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ARTIST STATEMENT

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Separation and belonging have been persistent themes throughout my life. Reflecting this idea, I attach pieces together until they form a solid unit each belonging to the other. My point of entry as a mixed-media artist has been purposing various types of textiles, wood, bronze and collected objects in ways that present different aspects of their inherent physical characteristics, revealing them in unexpected, unseen ways. 

 

I construct my work using collected objects such as, army and military personal memorabilia, flags, tools and various found objects, sewing them onto textiles and attaching them to wood and metal. As the collected objects begin to get larger and heavier the canvases become tougher and more densely constructed until the objects take over and take on a life of their own. Very organically, the work becomes predominantly sculpture, the results carrying both literal and metaphoric weight.

 

By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the present state, I reference the avant-garde and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of our capitalist society. Demonstrating how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and challenges the binaries we continually construct between Self and Other, and between our own primitive and civilized selves.