Statements about specific projects change continuously, but here are some constants:
My work is inherently narrative, expressionistic and symbolic; a conduit that allows me to record the subconscious, as well as internalized thought and perception. Utilizing imagination to convey a visually poetic interpretation of experience is a quality I continually seek to evoke. The desire to merge the pure fleeting beauty of the physical world, with the strange, flawed, disjointed, imaginative interior world of the mind intrigues me to no end and it is through this union that my work fundamentally comes into being.
I seek to materialize the ideas that are mysteriously present, the ideas which I have made no conscious effort to evoke. I am not interested in forming an idea around a specific concept or meaning, if the idea has depth, meaning will naturally embed itself. That which is prodded and forced into existence can often be void of mystery, outcomes are narrowed and predictable even before they are developed and explored. That which naturally originates in the subconscious contains the greatest element of mystery at the onset. I find projects interesting to decipher only after they are finished. I am fascinated by the way one image or idea opens up, builds and informs another. By inhabiting an expansive idea for a long period of time one can arrive at a place creatively that they could have never otherwise reached. It is ultimately this revelatory journey that keeps me intensely dedicated to the process of making art.
Drawing and painting narrative-based images led to years of writing fiction in order to explore what occurred before and after the frozen moments I was capturing in graphite, ink and paint. I began working with video so I could incorporate multiple images, motion, time and sound into the narratives I was creating. Through the progression of mediums I reached a place where the majority of my ideas no longer fit the nature of the static image. The idea dictated the form completely and I did not feel bound to a singular medium or method of depiction. The scope of my work began to include full-scale and miniature set construction, three-dimensional sculpture / prop and costume design and numerous other production aspects associated with filmmaking.
I often work laterally in a way that each completed physical work is part of a greater whole. I have found the short film structure to be one of the most exciting ways to bridge this connection between disparate mediums. As an individual artistic form of expression, this cinematic mode of production mirrors that of a film studio.
Landscape is a major influence in my work. A sense of a place, discarded, unexpected objects and geographical details, form foundations for imaginative interpretations to occur. Memories of past environments, the present place in which I live and the landscapes I encounter while traveling, all exert a simultaneous and continuous influence. A reoccurring motif is that of a singular being within a vast exterior or confined to a relatively claustrophobic interior. I am also strongly influenced by the way memory, desire and belief affect the psyche and the reality that one creates in the landscape and immediate environment around them.
Art is the a visual language that embodies that which cannot be explained, rationalized or quantified.