Growing up in a family of construction workers, I connected with tools and materials at an early age. Exposure to jobsites in my youth helped shape my interest in architecture and the ever-evolving organism of the built environment. These early experiences continue to inform my work and contribute to my own sense of place and identity.
The human-made world is a record of society’s needs and motives over time. To think of structures as living entities is a natural starting point for my work, stemming from themes of origin and decay in the urban landscape. The rapid speed at which this cycle revolves in the Bay Area underscores socioeconomic and political issues familiar to many of us, and further influences my interpretations.
My current work presents as a collection of fictional architectural models wryly alluding to the seriousness of these issues. The works are sometimes influenced by memories from my life-perhaps a childhood home or place I’ve traveled. During the process of making them, I run through a range of emotions as I’m forced to consider the incongruities the subject matter often holds for me.
My materials are collected from woodshops, reclaim stores and curbsides, in keeping with my desire to reuse when possible. The inherent meaning and history the materials carry helps provide many points of connection for viewers, allowing opportunity for dialog to begin.
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Autobody Fine Art Gallery & Studios
1517 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501