At first glance, my recent work presents seemingly perfect depictions of family and domestic life, a step closer breaks the rose-colored lens as I express a disenfranchised vantage of family and its idealized state.
The ‘Duplex’ installation is a snapshot of my own upbringing and emergence into adulthood. Throughout the display, I use a baby-motif to dual-symbolize my birth and the choice to start a family or continue an unmarried life. In Our Perfect Little Angel (2018), I glorify childbirth as the baby-figure is a religious deity affixed with a halo, idealizing paternity. Adjacent works, The Current State of Affairs (2018) and Screen time/Me time (2018), include a bathrobe, dirty dishes and TV dinner to represent bachelorhood, indicating unfulfillment by negating the romanticized family.
Recently, I’ve gravitated to screen-inspired and flat works, both paintings and projections, to indicate shallowness and superficiality. In Nuclear Fiction (2018), I represent the separation of my mother and father prior to my birth, an event that has skewed my relation towards the American dream and created dissonance between the idealized family and my future. Initially, the work appears wholesome by depicting a family and their home, but is instead representational of my confused upbringing; the family portrayed is seemingly perfect but, just as is a projection of light, it is ephemeral and cannot be touched or captured.
JAZZ Gallery | Riverwest Artists Association
926 E Center St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
"I attempt to breach the veil between screen and physical world by extracting digital designs into physical objects. In Facades I & II (2016), the steel figures were produced through industrial processes with a mechanical plasma cutter and break press. The hands-off production resonates themes of non-natural or anti-gestural reflecting in the oversimplification and digital stylization of the human figures. Portrait Landscape (2015-17) began as a digital preliminary and was then converted into a hand-labored oil painting. The preliminaries required limited time to produce and possessed perfectly aligned forms generated from the computer, whereas the hand-painted reproduction was labored containing many slight errors by a wavering hand. Through this hand-labored extraction process, I antagonize the relation between man and screen. I imitate functions of the machine when I choose to hand paint. The reason I produce these works by hand balances between redundancy, humility of my own imperfections, and arrogance of needing to be as capable as the machine."
-Excerpt from artist statement, 2017
Flying high about this design for the People's Flag of Milwaukee competition. Simply, this design illustrates Milwaukee's connection to Lake Michigan represented by a sunrise over land and water. Using geometric fields of ultramarine light, amber, and aquamarine I finally selected the right colors and shapes after 3 years of referring to this subject. Please check out the People's Flag of Milwaukee Project to learn more www.milwaukeeflag.com or MKE Flag to view more designs.
Thank you Stephanie Lane Gage @ Martian Press!