I am a multi-disciplinary artist whose works are deal with urban themes and narratives. I work in a wide variety of media. Though trained as a photographer, I incorporate the photographic image into my drawings, cut paper works, paintings, street art, and installations. The works I make have a variety of size differences from small and highly detailed to extremely large and startling.
My work often has a sense of nostalgia that is about embracing my blue collar, Midwest roots and my love of the fringe of the urban environments I inhabit. The content of the work is often about the memories of my home, my family, and of the stories that were told to me by my dad about his personal history. It is also about evoking a sense of place that is specific yet is difficult to summarize. The layers and transparency that are evident in this work are about memory, loss, nostalgia, and a love for the city’s periphery and all its complexities.
I often mine art history, popular culture and contemporary life for styles, sources and imagery. I look to low culture and street aesthetics for inspiration, creating works that both live in the contemporary art world and outside the traditional gallery space. The narratives that I use are fragmented parts that compel viewer participation and personal memory. The characters in these narratives are not gods or superheroes, but ordinary urban residents made extraordinary through a new kind of representation.