“Madness is something rare in individuals —
but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
I use paintings, animation, and installation, to explore tribalism, indoctrination, human absurdity, and the architecture of ideologies. My work relies on irreverent humor to question the motivations behind current political and social movements and their extremes within our culture.
The narrative worlds in my pieces embrace the ridiculous and exhibit a dichotomy between reality and fantasy. The paintings are rife with undertones of angst as they portray the grotesque and outlandish aspects of humanity. My work takes on an ambivalent nature and the paintings become replete with contradictions as I struggle to examine my own motivations. In each piece I utilize myself as the main caricature tomock my own human flaws and highlight the commonality in these characteristics.
I exploit different styles within a painting and create a busy composition to draw the viewers eye to certain areas of the painting while distracting them from others. I utilize this method conceptually to show that when one pays to much attention to one thing, they’re unaware of other things happening right in front of them.
Some pieces are assembled from separate painted portraits. I cut up diverging moments and expressions and merge them together to create new portraiture that reveals the complexities and incongruities of the human psyche. This is reiterated in the animation through the shifting and morphing of one face to the next.
I display the paintings in a saloon style installation. Objects such as coffee cups or tape are often exhibited on or beside the paintings as an irreverent gesture undermining the sacred space of a painting and the institution that holds it. Objects are utilized to break the fantasy and self-importance of the painting and to show that a painting itself is just acommoditized object created out of my own selfish motivations and impulses.