My practice employs industrial and everyday materials to explore the confluence of landscape and labor. It is important to me that the media I employ, such as caulk, concrete, cardboard, plastic and tape, provide as much content as the representational imagery rendered through it. Though the subject of my work originates from an autobiographical place, it is not limited to my own experiences, but also that of my family’s labor history and a shared identity that is defined by place and time.
Born and raised in southeast Michigan, I strongly identify with the Midwestern landscape. Our political, economic and ecological histories are embedded in the manmade and natural frameworks of the cities and rural communities. I, and others who come from where I come from, have witnessed a particular anomaly of abundant history imbued in the present, not so much out of a fondness for nostalgia, but the result of a manufacturing and economic standstill. In these works, I relay my fondness for a place that is troubled and stalled, but also singular and symbolic.