I am an activist artist—I see the world in its entirety, the day and the night, the sacred and the profane, the precious and the discarded. This duality is my inspiration because most of us are more comfortable having things be one way or the other— right or wrong, good or bad. I create that which makes us see the dissonance rather than recoil from it, if even for a moment.
I’ve spent most of my life on the outside looking in; my art is how I deal with my thoughts about our world. Are we perpetuating the same problems in different ways? Can we do better? Are we persevering of our planet for the future or we hurling uncontrolled toward our demise? My work is tries to capture and present dichotomy, interesting and repulsing, comfortable but uneasy. I make things that are beautiful, tell you secrets but make you want to look away. It’s unsettling, but in a good way, I play with the easy acceptance of right and wrong.
I find my muse in materials thrown away, once valued now unwanted and much of my art is made from a library of cultural fodder with seemingly nothing in common; icons and items of silver, gold plate, cheap plastic, glass, or semiprecious stones; new or vintage, once treasure, now trash. I resurrect these items and make them new again so that you can see them in fresh ways, to understand the value, to hold its flaws, to honor its past here in the present.