Artist Statement Submitted 2020
My recent body of work, entitled Making Amends, involves repairing, replacing and/or augmenting broken objects using ridiculous, time-consuming and entirely unnecessary means. I specifically choose disposable products that were never designed to be fixed in the first place, such as plastic laundry baskets, Styrofoam containers and metal folding chairs. The materials and processes by which I achieve my mending are as varied as the objects themselves, including fabricated steel, steam-bent wood, hand-built ceramics, cast bronze and sewn fabric. Occasionally the utility of the new hand-made object has been restored. More often than not, however, the aesthetics and overall value have been elevated, while ultimately leaving the object in its nonfunctioning state. With this work, I am calling attention to and asking viewers to consider their immersion in the extreme throwaway culture that has gradually pervaded American society for over the last 100 years.
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