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Artist Statement

 

Everyone suffers.

Everyone.

You. Me. Your friends. Even the person you think has the perfect life.

Especially that person.

I work with broken and rejected materials, uncovering the intrinsic beauty within the discarded. After cutting and polishing, I then torture and burn and adorn with chains and nails and barbed wire- materials that all have dual meaning. Chain restrains but also supports. Nails pierce but also connect. Barbed wire cuts but protects everything it surrounds. Such is life. Light and dark cannot exist without each other. Rejection and acceptance are two sides of the same fluid circle. Good or bad is entirely dependent on perspective.

When I begin a new series I have a general idea of where it will go, but no clear roadmap as to how I will get there. I follow the work where it leads. When I’m finished, I perform a “forensic interpretation” to decipher its meaning and context within the series. I’m always surprised and enlightened by what I discover. The entire process is pure joy.

I am drawn to abstract art because I believe it’s a mirror for the subconscious mind, reflecting the viewer’s greatest hopes and darkest fears; revealing the true source of joy and suffering, if you choose to see it.

Everyone suffers. But it’s your suffering that makes you strong.

Artist CV

 

Solo Shows

2018

  • Crimson Valentine,  Char’s Bellemundo, Harrisburg, PA
  • Cerulean Sky, The Blue Gallery, Enola, PA

2013

  • Unification of Duality of Consciousness, WITF Public Media Center, Harrisburg, PA

Group Shows

2018

  • 90th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2018 GoggleWorks 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, Reading, PA
  • Chemowarrior Charity Auction, Hershey, PA
  • AAH Springtime Soire, Harrisburg, PA

2014

  • 2014 Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania,, Harrisburg, PA
  • Voices from theWarehouse X,  Voices Gallery, Dubuque, IA
  • 5 Artist Invitational Exhibit,  Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • Secrets, Juried Show, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA 
  • 86th Annual International Juried Art Exhibition, Art Assoc. of Harrisburg, PA *First Place, Sculpture*

2013

  • Sculpture NOW 2013 Juried Show, Honfleur Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. *Best of Show*
  • Art Enology Philadelphia, Vivant Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 85th Annual International Juried Art Exhibition, Art Assoc. of Harrisburg, PA-*First Place, Sculpture*

2012

  • Celebrate Doshi, Pennsylvania State Museum- Doshi Gallery, Harrisburg, PA
  • Out & About, Juried Sculpture Show,  YorkArts Gallery, York, PA
  • Eraserhood Forever, Philadelphia MoCA, Philadelphia PA
  • YorkFest Juried Art Show, YorkArts Gallery, York, PA
  • 9th Annual ACAC Juried Art Show,  Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA
  • First Friday Gallery Walk, The Parliament Gallery, York, PA
  • MarketView Arts Premier Night, Marketview Arts, York, PA