Sometimes, I take pictures of myself while I am doing things. I will try to smile next time.
I have been making images and things since I can remember. It is the one thing, a constant in my life that tethers me to myself. The great thing about it is that this act is one that connects me to others the most.
I had my first art exhibit at Modified Arts in Phoenix, AZ in 1999. It was the wild west of the Phoenix art scene back then with only a small row of ramshackle art spaces popping up in the otherwise forgotten and desolate back end of downtown. The punk attitude made me feel more at home than in a traditional gallery. At the opening, I was able to observe how people interacted with things I had made. It felt weird and vulnerable but I was fascinated with the reactions at the same time.
It made me realize that art is a gateway in which people can connect. By entering a common space, either as the creator of the space or the observer, there is a common ground. I just love participating in that connection. I hope to connect with you in this common space.
Chaos vs Control
I enjoy playing with chaos vs control. Just about everything I do will incorporate some polarity of those two forces.
Texture plays an important role in my work. I think that texture is one of the strongest elements by which people connect to the work. some intricate or unusual texture draws you in for a closer look. Then, we are in conversation.
Mystery is one of my most reliable allies. I believe that I do my job best if I leave a sense of mystery that triggers your curiosity. What does that say? or, Why does it look like that? or What is that made of? Don’t you love wondering about things?