My work is largely ethnographic and is meant to give shape and form to various
contemporary issues including healthcare struggles, media bias, police brutality, war,
femininity and sexual representation. Many of my pieces are quite large and meticulously
overworked in a nearly obsessive manner. Some also have collage elements that consist
of separate drawings, which are then cut out and pieced together to form the composition.
I believe the manner of image creation is important, and symbolic of the internal mindset
created when confronting or rationalizing the issue being illustrated.
In the past I had been focusing on various disparate elements working together to
form a narrative space. It all started with the “Standard Deviation” series, 70 printed
works from the combination and reorganization of roughly 350 linocuts. These works
juxtaposed human elements and object representations to form a single environment that
was a snapshot of everyday human mythologies and experiences. As this process
evolved, my drawings would often explore a symbolic and literal destruction and
regrowth. Images would be mashed together, deeply layered, cut through, and warped;
and even the paper itself would sometimes be hand made from documents, trash, and
other materials from the world around me. Remnants of personal relics, ashes of loved
ones, grass, and blood were integrated into the fibers of the paper during its creation to
help form an artifact that is unique and deeply personal in nature. They reflect my
personal anxieties in today’s political climate, and often take a new look at traditional
themes such as proverbs or myths.