My most recent objects and images were conceived as conflations of my own personal idiosyncrasies regarding power and value. These investigations require that I discern the ruses and value relations of our postmodern condition in order to re-purpose a stratagem of my own that highlights the suspect nature and ideological parameters of convention. My interest dwells in the moment when sign-value takes precedence over use-value and the location of this moment in the history of commodity. The work is aligned with what I’ve coined a ‘bumpkin aesthetic’—the methodological combination of the awkward and unsophisticated with the ideals of artistic validity. ‘Bumpkin Aesthetic’ has a conflicted nature that simultaneously conjures both high and low cultural practice in advocation of ambiguity, heterogeneity, and freedom.
MFA 2008 Sculpture Tyler School of Art, Temple University
BFA 2001 Sculpture Rhode Island School of Design