Statement

I don’t remember much of my childhood.  I only remember the moments that were documented in home videos or photographs.  The images that I am able to hold onto are the ones that are recorded through a camera, driving me to catalog the world this way. Because of this I choose photography and video as a means of understanding and reckoning with a world flooded with images.  In questioning how we decipher the world, absorb influences and reveal ourselves, I create images where identity is increasingly in flux – varyingly disappearing, fracturing, or grossly accumulating.

Much of my work involves simulated spaces, often domestic ones.  Jung suggests that in dreams, a house is symbolic of the psyche of the dreamer.  My spaces evoke the anxiety of the inhabitant distracted by many stimuli.  My work is an interplay of the real and the imagined, built upon levels of simulation.  By using the visual cues of advertising – staged environments, studio lighting, and saturated imagery, my work functions as an alternative campaign for the psychological effects of modern life.

I perform in many of the images, often repetitively, to compulsively experience the psychological environment that I am building.  This process of acting and re-enacting allows me to dwell in the space between the real and perceived.  By acting out my own identities, as well as those around me, I blur the identities of the characters I portray, while also describing the dissolution of the self in postmodern times.