Artist Statement Submitted 2018In my reconfiguration of discarded wood, rusted metal, colorful automotive paint, plant fibers, and Southern pop culture motifs, my work captures the blossoming and recoiling of the South’s social and cultural landscape.
I draw upon the poetic and political qualities of southern vernacular to create objects representative of destruction and preservation. I often think of my works as totems or ceremonial markers to be included in the South’s evolving ritual of dividing the land and claiming territory.
Because it is in the South, a volatile ecosystem, that the preservation of one's heritage is the deconstruction of another. Currently, my conceptual practice is the choice of two decisions: reconstruct the image of something lost or re-imagine the process of its destruction.