I am a politically motivated visual artist who makes assemblages that combine my love of words and images in order to tell stories through mixed media. My work has always been, and probably always will be, about the individual and the struggle to maintain individuality in the face of our society.
I am an artist who does not believe that life, and therefore art, is a spectator sport. I am informed by the theater. You don’t lean back in a theater seat and say, “Entertain me.” For the actors to do their jobs well, the audience has to be just as involved as the actors in order to give something back for the actors to respond to. Nor do you walk into a gallery and just look at paintings on a wall. Pictures are something you engage with. So, put down the damn phone.
Also, from the theater, I've learned that art has an ephemeral quality. The only place where it is truly saved or preserved is in the heart and in the mind of the viewer.
I make things; I don’t make representational images of things even with a camera. (In that regards, the picture would be the thing I make.) For that reason, I need to see the hand of the artist and the mark of the tool. I don’t value polished (sorry Jeff Koons!) What I value are the materials I use--photographic images, collage, cameras, paint, charcoal, acetate, whatever it is I have on hand--and what they can do. I value spontaneity during the creative process for what it allows the materials to reveal, and I value ambiguity for raising questions in the viewer’s mind.
Therefore, I am inspired and influenced by street art. Decay. Torn wallpaper in an abandoned house. Tarnished mirrors. The remnants of tattered posters left glued on a wall. Graffiti art on freight cars. Paint rags. The seemingly haphazard/purposeful/spontaneous nature of paint buildup in an art studio sink...
...memory, remorse, and anger. Death, tombstones, and graveyards...
...science and technology, nature, and politics. And advertising.