I would describe my practice as cyclical and process-forward. I would maybe compare it to a game of Telephone. My source images get pushed through multiple iterations and manifestations to become, in a way, over time, a documentation of my relationship to the image and processes of rendering. I like to think of my prints as inquisitions into the lifespan of a photograph; challenging the notion of the “snapshot moment” or singular, true, frozen moment presented in an image.
Emphases on texture, abstraction, corruption.
I find myself inspired by literary modernism, and in particular the stream-of-consciousness style developed by James Joyce. Active visual artists inspiring me are Uta Barth, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Christine Elfman, John Patrick Dugdale, and Wolfgang Tillmans. My all time favorites include Praxiteles, Giacometti, Warhol, and Via Celmins.
Two of the biggest challenges as an artist for me is blocking the amount of time out that I would truly like to be in the studio which is extremely hard when working full time, and volunteering at local art organizations. I also have to say finding and securing the financial resources I would like to have to invest in my practice for materials. I cope by creative problem-solving with what I have and journaling other ideas for future revisiting.
Yes! I am very excited to be included in a group show, To Pillar, To Platform, at The Luminary on Cherokee Street, a local arts organization and gallery that I strongly believe in. The show is [Kalaija Mallery], the current Artistic and Executive Director’s first curatorial undertaking in her role there and she has come up with this show as a way to explore the practices that influence and make a community-focused artistic space possible. To Pillar, To Platform is open until December 2nd.
I have been reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Wolfgang Tillmans: A Reader, Contact Sheet 195: Justyna Badach, and Stephen Shore’s experimental memoir Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography. Currently, when I am not listening to Lana del Rey, I have been listening to Frances Faye’s Caught In the Act, Big Mama Thornton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band (1966), Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin, and Ryan Beatty’s newest album.
Interview conducted and edited by Natalie Toth