Introduction

Statement

My studio practice investigates the space that lies between contemporary society’s splendor and destructive behavior.  I combine grotesque and/or violent acts and objects with rich visuals taken from humanistic ideals of the divine.  My work creates an artificial world that is still firmly rooted in reality.  Re-contextualization, materiality transference, and ornamentation are some of the techniques I incorporate into my work.  These particular methods are implemented to achieve a dichotomy.

The goal of this practice is not to shock, but to seduce and play with perception.  The work has a seductive retinal nature, but puts the viewer into an uncomfortable position when they realize its content.  The intent behind the push and pull of this experience is to raise questions of mortal desire, and reveal people’s tendency to be easily manipulated by aesthetics.