I infuse pharmaceuticals, consumables, and advertisements into traditional media (plastics, paint, and digital video) to produce sculptures, videos, and paintings. My goal is to take these objects and molecules that are precisely engineered to target our brains and bodies, and to disrupt and distort them, turning them on themselves. This challenges the power they have over us and reveals an archeology of their histories, dosages, and aesthetics.
In common between the diverse media that I work in is a process-based practice in which a combination of additive and subtractive methods are deployed to create a complex final object or space. I utilize a lexicon of contemporary forms, including pharmaceuticals, energy drinks, credit cards, and earplugs, which are used as material in sculpture and painting. Advertisements and logos become fodder for visual representation in painting and video.
For instance, many of my most recent sculptural works such as "Head" or "Death Mask (Pink and Blue)" involves a casting process in which an original is created in clay or wax by pressing or embedding specific objects - pills, snack foods, credit cards, bottles - into the softened material, creating a kind of altered, violent, ghosted lexicon of contemporary tools and consumables. I then cast them in various materials, often using plastics mixed with ground pharmaceuticals, energy drinks, and pigments, to create structures which are literally infused with the things that create them.
The result are relics of the present that contain literal and symbolic traces of these objects which are quietly flowing through our lives, slipping into us without our thinking about it. Each individual piece can stand on its own, but are often most powerful when installed in symmetrical, ritualistic arrangements to fill a space and create connections between forms, materials, and origins.