About My Work
I find comfort in the familiar iconography of my Midwestern upbringing. I love the nostalgic charm of a country home set against a backdrop of pine trees with an old washing machine abandoned in the woods. However, there is an ever widening gap between myself and the rural Ohioan community I grew up in. Over the past few years I have gone from largely agreeing with them to seeing the world very differently. Thus, whenever I return, I hope for that comfort of home but instead feel a deep sense of alienation.
My work explores this conflict, using Midwestern imagery to provide a familiar entry point into the pieces, I disrupt the sense of order within my work by arranging these elements in unusual ways and combining them with quiet forests, vast oceans, and towering mountains covered in cool mist, creating conflicting feelings of tranquility and chaos. An unsettling atmosphere and my own esoteric symbolism adds to the feelings of isolation and emotional turmoil.
While my work is deeply personal and introspective, it reflects the universal human experiences of both comfort and nostalgia but also loss and confusion.