I make artwork that incorporates and is inspired by the forms and images of my everyday surroundings.
With my exploration and utilization of the purpose-constructed elements of the built environment, I look to transliterate the duality of connected and developing narratives involving both individuals and place into form.
My attempts toward this singular aim have been formally divided into separate series of works to better concentrate the concepts of my constructs that have prominently utilize methods of integrating imagery into/onto glass forms. This approach has enabled me to build a cohesive visual vocabulary over the span of my series and my incorporation of glass (as a medium) has allowed me to allude to the complex in the common by simultaneously showing the simple surface and complicated center of structure.
My series are built to be both personal investigations and comments on the spaces (physically and emotionally) that we all share. My first series was the Bridge Series and was inspired by the dilemmas and decisions experienced when connecting a situation with an outcome. Each work from this series was built in reflection of a personal situation and yet, through the use of forms and imagery of everyday areas, was also constructed to span to connect with the experiences of others.
My most current work is inspired from a personal experience and is further informed from my practice led research pursuant to a PhD degree in Sculpture within the College of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
My research began in June 2011, exactly two years after my wife and I dispatched an 18 cubic meter-shipping container filled with a carefully considered and condensed collection of our lives’ belongings from Portland, Oregon to Canberra, Australia. This action not only started a new chapter for us, but the experience cemented my interest in the idea of the modern shipping container as an agent of transference.
With the availability and aid of our shipping container, we internationally transported our goods safely and efficiently. In the same act, we also exchanged the epicenter of our lives. This shift altered our personal connections, timelines and situations to both people and places. The outcomes of doing so were both positive and negative and concurrently affected the arc of our personal agencies. The delivery of these unintended advantages and drawbacks related to our move fortified me to select the construct of the shipping container to be the focus of my current practice led research.
Beyond my personal experience, I believe that the invention and implementation of the simple structure of the shipping container has led to a duality of global developments for both people and places that now connect, affect and aid their separate growth and abilities. My practice led research therefore focuses on the constructs of the modern shipping container to widely explore its analogous affect upon the transference of agency for both people and places within a sculpture-based context.