ARTIST STATEMENT

I have a couple current bodies of work.  One of which is the Modern Day Fabergé series.  These pieces reference the glory and tragic fate of deceased pop culture icons. Historically the Imperial Eggs were given on Easter from the Russian Imperial Family from 1885-1916. Emperor Alexander III and his son, Nicholas II gifted these masterpieces to their wives and mothers. Each year the eggs became more and more elaborate until the Romanov Family’s ultimate demise. I intend that my version of the Fabergé eggs is to invoke a personal nostalgia for the viewer by combining patterns and images that have relevance to the subject matter as well as a sense of tragedy. I hope to give the subject matter a semblance of idolatry through iconography. 

In my second body of work I portray the addictions common to life in contemporary society. I believe that all people, regardless of their background or pretensions, are in some way addicted to something. Some of these addictions are obvious and literal, but some, like religious and moral judgment, are obscured by our society's rhetorical tropes. I believe that our society's most powerful people often exploit these addictions in order to minimize discontent and unrest.

I confront the hypocritical way that social control is disguised as morality through form and technique. I employ common images and replace their usual context and palate with something more alarming. I hope to evoke in the viewer the disquiet and disturbance that our addictions—religion, consumerism, drug use—bring out in me.