Artist Statement

My works are meticulous and technical; this tight precision encourages the viewer to look closely and slowly deconstruct the layers of each piece. Visually, they are dark in value, filled with organic textures, and geometric patterns. The imagery is composed of complex locations collaged together that incorporate both interior and exterior components. The spaces are vacant and often overlooked areas that are devoid of life. The elements have deteriorated these places, making them mysterious and grim, yet inviting at the same time.

For inspiration, I look to my current surroundings. I am inspired by simple areas and the rich history within them. I have been intrigued by the many random misplaced sites that I have documented throughout my travels. Sometimes they are in the middle of nowhere in rural towns with no signs of hope, other times they are in the middle of thriving major cities. Each incident is unique and diverse, but they all share similar qualities. In every occasion time becomes unavoidable. I am interested in how it visually affects locations. Creating an atmosphere that emphasizes the forgotten past of a place while capturing the complexity and beauty of its current decay or growth is a major theme in my work. Through the passage of time and the subsequent destruction and losses, the natural environment always prevails over the built environment.

The tension between man-made and nature, and how the two compete over the years against each other is fascinating to me. The everyday constant power struggle of life in the natural world and society are expressed in the pieces. Conceptually, they are self-reflections and recollections. Memory, both episodic (autobiographical) and semantic (general facts of knowledge), is integral in my research. The prints are direct reactions to my personal situations and how I recall them. Isolation, disorientation, and the unknown can lead to emotions of loneliness, depression, and anxiousness. Ideas of change, conflict, and finally acceptance are key parts in the work. Time only moves in one direction. This unidirectional path leaves behind both positive and negative aspects, which ones were real and which ones were changed in order to move on? What is here to stay? What will survive?