I make paintings, sculptures, and installations that explore the nature of consumption and commodity. I am interested in how it has become the center of modern culture, and how we often overindulge. I work with mostly second hand materials. Fabric from bed sheets and clothes I no longer use, craft items found in the trash, thrifted furniture. I see these as artifacts in a way, with their own history and energy separate from myself. This energy often influences how they are used, as I tend to work intuitively. My paintings explore the fetishization of "the good old days" and the limbic drive to recreate past pleasures- often remembered more blissfully than they actually were.
People want to follow what feels good, and are often found engaging in detrimental activities, trying to recreate the “magic” of their first time doing so. I am interested in the way our animal instincts (the need for food, sex, safety, etc) have been exploited for capital gain throughout history. Initially this exploitation was to motivate people to work, but more recently to encourage consumption. Addiction to sugar, alcohol, narcotics, and other substances became much more prevalent and is something brought up often in my work. My sculptures and installations explore this dilemma from multiple perspectives.