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                  Artist Statement  

 

Much of my inspiration wells from growing up in rural Gulf Coast Florida working as the son of a shrimper and handyman, and also from experiences serving as an Electrical Lineman in the US Air Force while stationed in Alaska.  Following my enlisted service, I began to study Fine Art at the University of New Orleans with a focus in digital media, and afterward received an MFA from Hunter College City University of New York with a focus in Combined Media.   As an MFA student I started making connections with my past through art making, and naturally focused on relationships I witnessed between the rapidly changing landscape and new technology.  Also, it was at that time that I began my teaching career, assisting and developing classes that fused together contemporary theory, analog, hands-on art making, and digital tools and techniques in video, animation, and web design.   

 

By combining traditional media and new technology, the aesthetic language in my work explores both connections and disparity between changing cultural and psychological perceptions. The subjects in my work vary from personal to political, often creating abstract narratives between disparate elements.  I feel a strong connection to the Dada and Surrealist artists of the turn of the century, and their impulse to raise questions about conventions, and challenge perceptions, is at the core of my practice.  Integrating found objects, live edge wood, repurposed building materials,  new media devices and technology, video, audio and animation, drawing and painted trompe l’oeil surfaces, the works subtly challenge perceptions, while contemplating the divide between the analogue and digital.  Ultimately I see art making as a tool of interpretation and investigation, and though the aesthetic language in my work is diverse, the impulse and inspiration has a consistent source.  I feel very lucky to be a working artist during this monumental shift in global awareness.

 

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