Art is too serious. People take art too seriously. I want to pursue a practice that questions the normality of the inaccessibility of the arts to the vast majority. By rethinking this relationship we have with a piece, and accepting it varies from person to person, I am trying to tie my work to cultural practices that humans relate to in the same manner. It is important for me to make the distinction between the inaccessibility and the normality of the inaccessibility. What I believe is interesting is how I can use that belief and acceptance that art is foreign, and tie it to things that seem so inherent to our culture.
I try to reference things I actually like. Nothing is done in irony or satire; rather trying to bring the viewer forward and having him/her interact and participate with the piece. There is a performative element in both the subjects chosen and the relationship I want the piece to have with the viewer. When looking and understanding what a painting wants to express there is always an idea of privilege, education, and awareness of contemporary trends. Art is intimidating and alien to people who don’t practice it. I want to throw that out the window and bring forward themes and concepts that are more universal in meaning.
It is important for me to fully understand a subject before I try and say something about it. My paintings and drawings technically call into question the familiarity and ordinariness linked to painting throughout art historical movements, blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, thus theoretically tying them to the universality within a global world.