ARTIST’S STATEMENT

As far as I can tell everything is a synthesis of relationships, of one entity being defined not by itself alone, but by another entity and the space in between. To define one thing is to define another and that is a challenge of reality and the human condition. This exploration of the human condition and the multiple dimensions involved is paramount to my art making process. Although infinite in possibilities I begin with interests in art theory, literature, philosophy, historical events, political systems, ecology, mysticism, and theoretical physics. From observation and a focus on materiality, I attempt to simultaneously define the variables and create a new synthesis, discovering connections between these seemingly disparate areas of study. This synthesis, or new spatial awareness, is the practice of creation itself, the resulting art as a physical manifestation, both successes and failures.

 

The focus of this spatial concept in my work is to proffer information not easily grasped, instilling a longing for more information or answers while giving none in particular. This can further be achieved by a continuous play between the revelation and concealment of object and illusion, existence and essence. Ultimately, the negative space and lack of information is intended to relate directly to being and questions the profound human condition of unknowingness. The scarcity of meaning or information allows the viewer to directly confront this condition through the actual absence of material or meaning. It is objective knowledge and personal narrative formed to create visual poetry, where matter and the ineffable meet.

 

RESEARCH STATEMENT

From the early stages in my studio practice, I have been interested in space, beginning with the illusionistic two-dimensionality of painting. Photography allowed for the manipulation of reality within this space with the understanding of parallax and digital editing. The next stage of my research was the relationship between three-dimensional objects, exploring negative space and defining what it is and what occurs in this space. Kant’s concepts of noumenaand a prioriknowledge made an impression on me as a place where thoughts, conversations, and literal ideas lived in abstract or disassociated reality. Questions such as “Is space constructed naturally?”, “How does an individual construct space, not just in the studio, but through processes that occur as ‘life’?”, and “What do these spaces look like?” continue to be important to my investigations in the studio.

 

My interest in quantum theory began my sophomore years of undergraduate and the thought that eleven, twelve, or more dimensions were mathematically acceptable but could not be observed meant there was even more possibilities, infinite to say the least as well as the physical space of the cosmos, another abstract idea when it comes down to it. My most recent research into space comes from Foucault’s heterotopias, simply stated as worlds within worlds, oftentimes as contradictory or paradoxical existence over many generations. The post-humanist philosophy of object-oriented ontology has also been integral to recent work, specifically with hyperobjects, complex entities that transcend humans’ ability to perceive over extended space and time.