With a visceral approach towards material and site, I activate spaces into places of meaning through large-scale narrative sculptures, installations, public art and site-specific video performance. My process begins by walking the streets surveying, scrapping and absorbing the locale’s distinct qualities and this immersion is integral to my practice. As the melancholy of the post-industrial overwhelms me, my imagination suggests a sort of conquest to respond and re-present my direct surroundings. I place myself in opposition to what is left in the guise of progress; I strive to encapsulate an experience of a temporal object that is; as something that endures.
I labor intensely to engross the viewer and material with the empathetic felt physicality of memory and experience. The fleeting and futile attempts of re constructing buildings with bread bricks, parades with golden caskets in the middle of winter and wrestling broken windshields on an abandoned auto factory site engages with the potentials and processes of entropy. Reflecting on the hesitations, challenges, breakthroughs, frustrations, satisfactions and illuminations become the source for deeper meaning in my action. This center of felt value initiates the creative exchange between myself and the context. In the studio, classroom or with communities where I demonstrate process without reservation generates opportunities in the moment. This approach continues to demand the attentiveness of an archeologist, the intent of a poet and the gumption of an artist; to dig, salvage and retrace narratives of place.