- apocalyptic archaeology
Apocalyptic Archaeology features works that are depictions of a ruined world. The works are meditations on the brevity of life, and reveal the awareness of passing time, erosion and decay, and the ultimate deterioration of manmade artifacts, such as architecture, interiors, and landscapes.
- dreams and memories
Dreams and Memories includes works that explore the intangible and inescapable realm of the psyche. The artists pose questions about the nature and meaning of recalled experiences, and about the way in which dreams and memories intersect and even morph from one level of consciousness to another.
Voyeur/Provocateurs includes subversively witty scenes-satirical commentaries on art, culture, and politics. These works make the viewer into Peeping Toms that spy on secret scenes.
- unnatural nature
Unnatural Nature features work by artists that recreate natural environments using artificial materials and found objects which fool us into believing they are real places.view
Foot & Ass, KFC is a sculpture showing a massage parlour in Beijing and a KFC in Zhujiajiao, China. A video plays in the Foot & Ass massage parlour, showing "working women" waiting for their clients. In another window in the upper left corner of the KFC building, a Chinese KFC commercial plays, followed by a prostitute, and a Chinese sex instruction video (clothed). The KFC has many people inside it, including the Colonel Sanders, the assistant and guard at the residency in Zhujiajiao, and the two artists who were at the residency with me (one refuses to eat at KFC, but he will forever eat KFC chicken in my sculpture!). The Chinese saying on the front of the sculpture says "Old habits die hard," comparing the two addictions of prostitutes and fast food. People are often drawn to things that are not healthy for them, but feel good at the moment. I documented the two places--the massage parlour and KFC--while at a 3 1/2 month residency at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing and a month long residency with the Shanghai Zendai Moma inZhujiajao.
My work derives from voyeurism, film noir, and geographical and architectural location. Within this idea of location, themes develop of a particular locale’s inhabitants: Who are these people? What do they do and why do they do it? These questions transport observation into the realm of storytelling, and as my work evolves, I continue to explore place, people, and culture through the use of scale and repetition of a theme; I create new realities that change with the viewer’s perception. Through video, sound, and manipulation of size,
I am not trying to replicate a place; rather I give my impression of a place, its people and their experience, and allow the viewer to extrapolate his or her own meaning.
At the core of my work resides the intersection of place and experience. I try to do this with as much respect as possible to foreign cultures and tradition, while staying true to the call of the artist by shining a light on the little seen corners. Ultimately, my personal views and ideas come into play, and I believe it is this melding, the known with the unknown, the foreign with the familiar, that fuels my work and creates such a rich experience for the viewer.