A collage of playful memories and experience is what moves me to build and create. From the shelves of antique and comic book stores, to the thoughts of cherished moments or a found object from the street, I find direction and meaning. Fueled by the desire to construct, no matter the medium, I draw from the images and properties of childhood curiosities as a foundation for my work. I am allured to art as a means of exploration and expression of my interests. Though I develop work that is tangible, I consider the response of the viewer to be the true product of my work. Expressing myself through art is a way to explore the enjoyment of creating something that is visually and symbolically inviting to others.
Time Machine “Boompa”
Dedicated to my grandfather, “Boompa” was inspired by my lifelong love of classic cars and surreal memories of amusement parks and arcades. It is a time machine where significant objects of my childhood memory are recreated into a vehicle of transcendence. It’s a mechanism by which one can bridge the present with another time. The operator activates the machine with a coin and some imagination. With the turn of a dial and the pull of some levers, the traveler is enveloped by the lights and sounds, transfixed by the mechanisms, and entranced by the monumental lines of paint and chrome. Instantly, the driver is delivered to a time and place when mechanical amusements provided a classically magical experience.