Dedicated switch-hitting, risking safety, embodied transcendence and other apparent contradictions.

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2008-05-14

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My work reflects a long-standing attraction to the material and experiential imperfections that emerge through a collision of physical and cultural reality. My use of biological materials such as feathers in tandem with rigid systems exaggerates this contrast. It suggests the divide between a linguistic, conceptual space and an inherently organic and unpredictable physical space. While experiencing the work, the viewer is enveloped in a responsive environment of sound and that reveals the constantly shifting nature of their personal, physical experience of the environment. While embarking on what seems at first glance a practice that fits in with modernist ideals of truth and the progress of human knowledge, I do not seek to reinforce these ideals. Rather, I use humor to subvert modernist hierarchies of aesthetic value. The work borrows from a diverse range of sources such as Greek mythology, contemporary advertising, camp, cinema, art history, and representations of technological progress.

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