It is not enough to make art with unified marks or balanced forms when such superficial works will only add more objects to a product-ridden world. My work must do something more for both others and myself.
I believe the artists’ duty is to provide a service to the public. My work seeks to remind viewers of truth illusions generated by contemporary society, create conversations about these truths, generate empathy for different perspectives, and hopefully develop ideological changes. I believe artwork has the potential to question our expected experiences and to elicit new waves of thinking. To ignore that power is a detriment to creative culture.
Appropriation and ephemerality are significant considerations in my work. Recognizing the temporary nature of today, I make art with non-archival materials and often other people’s trash. Due to the quality of my materials, these artworks will deteriorate over time thus putting them back from where them came, as just ideas.
Flags, banners, and signs have been culturally utilized for identification, celebration, prayer, and protest. These multiuse objects express individual sentiments when hung on a doorframe or held during a march. While they flutter in the wind, their message becomes subversive in a sensitive movement that creates a metaphor for human existence. This work quotes these cultural flag uses by incorporating Bhuddist prayer flag colors, maritime symbols, recent protest banners, and heraldic flag shapes all while proclaiming messages of a hope protest.