A R T I S T   S T A T E M E N T

a measure of exhibition at Penn State University LV, 2017

Through process, performance, sculpture, and installation, I use the body as a foundation for measuring the human condition.  The calculations I use, such as weight, length, and time passage, connect the internal monologue to physical actions or more specifically, how intellectual investigation dictates our behavior towards others.  This exploration of the emotional body is performed and displayed from a singular [the artist = subject’s] perspective.  Viewing of the work, however, suggests complex social power dynamics between subject and viewer.

Performance works are intentionally spare, tedious, and sometimes monotonous.  The viewer must evaluate the level of their involvement with the subject, requiring the viewer to learn rules for engagement (and therefore establishing a power dynamic).  Static objects are made with little flourish, but the importance of material, its measurements, and their function are essential to the understanding the resulting works, all of which have some reference to labor.

Labor factors into the center of performances, often defining the gesture or activity.  Constructed objects address the aspect of labor that it is to negotiate both our emotional landscape and the power dynamics experienced throughout the human condition.  While these experiences may not be always physically taxing, the emotional toll can often be felt by all involved.

Selected engagement between the subject and viewer includes the power of intentional Silence of the subject.  While Silence can imply fear in some respects, it is also an act of power, a form of activism.  Power lies in the tenuous relationship of giving and receiving (or performing and watching).    All in all, the viewer becomes an essential part of the work by either choosing to engage with or ignore the subject, thus making each subject-viewer interaction an examination of social politics. 

I feel our current social climate has shed light on how fractured our world has become.  No matter our position, longing for difference is at the root of the unrest we see in our communities.  These works examine that power dynamic from a universal position.  I believe much of the labor and cognitive exploration in these works can be applied to specific issues [and these works are made in reference with specific social issues] — YET it remains important to me that the application of work remain universal.