The idea that art is a universal language lends itself as the perfect platform to fulfill various aspirations of the human condition. People strive to connect with and express themselves to others, and art tears down the barriers separating people and instead brings them together by enabling communication cross culturally.
I always set out to produce art that tells a story. The expression of this story relies on the materials and subject matter I end up using, which often evoke some kind of response from the viewer. In working in such a way, the challenge is to create a piece that communicates to all people and allows for multiple interpretations while sparking further discussion into the message I was intending to convey.
My work tends to comment on social and environmental issues and the consequences brought about by human exploitation. I strive to do this by forcing the viewer to see and express things they would normally try and hide from. What fascinates me most is the concept of blindness. As I dive into exploring this topic, I constantly search for new ways of sheading light and opening peoples’ eyes to the problems just beneath the surface they are “blind” to, either by choice or ignorance.
I often chose imagery grappling with internal and external conflicts so as the viewer looks into the piece, they are confronted with the challenge of seeing what is hidden right before their eyes. However, as my art has evolved, it seemed important that the viewer have a more interactive relationship with the work. This physical involvement with the work will hopefully encourage similar actions applied to larger outside issues beyond merely viewing the work.
Creating an experience that generates beneficial action in the larger community is the ultimate goal. Throughout the journey of viewing the work, the onlooker comes to their own insight and takes away the message they interpret individually. By having this epiphany be brought about on their own, with me, the artist, only as the liaison to guide them, the viewer can no longer be blind to the issues and can now make a difference.