bio / statement work

“Growing up in Detroit, stark industrial vistas have had a fundamental influence on my development as an artist, and as a result, I find that discarded urban artifacts are my visual vocabulary. I enjoy using meaningless detritus in order to compose meaningful commentary. My sculptural assemblages are conceptual works, created by combining found objects with molded ceramic vessels. And, although I am subverting the genre, the traditional, utilitarian use of clay is loosely preserved. I choose ordinary plastic containers as molds: disposable, consumable, cheap, mass-produced–essentially worthless. There is a transformative process at work when something that was once mass-produced and promptly discarded becomes unique, and thus transcended from its origins. I enjoy the contrasts that arise from this process: mass-produced/unique; disposable/permanent; worthless/sacred.”

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