My recent paintings are composed of man-made objects in the process of being reclaimed by nature. My subjects are always in an unrestored state, and include paper billboards, neon signs, incandescent bulb signs, and skytyping. These advertisements have been decayed by the elements. Once containing messages of perfectionism, a dilapidated advertisement is now itself flawed in societal terms. I choose to depict such signs in a state of decay, as advertisements promise a perfect, static, and ultimately false outcome. These signs are becoming more rare as we continue to move forward in the digital age. I wish to elevate these overlooked locations and cultural relics into icons with the intention of stimulating dialogue about our societal priorities.
My process begins with researching locations that have a history of decay. Next, I embark on an expedition to study each locale firsthand, documenting my experience with photography and writing. Upon returning to my studio, I use these materials to re-enliven my various impressions, which I then combine into a single work of art.
I am an advocate for skill based representational painting that addresses current issues in American culture and beyond, while examining social, economic, political, and environmental issues. My work stems from a generation that shares a collective consciousness of reevaluating the way that humans interact with the environment and each other as our hybrid landscape progresses.