Artist Statement Submitted 2015I prefer the term junk processor to artist. The world is made of junk, and I process that junk into another kind of junk called art, like an aesthetic alchemist.
I recently did a monumental scale sculpture titled Fuzzy Kudzu. In addition to describing the material that I used, my use of the word "fuzzy" is a metaphor for the mysteriousness of things. In addition to referencing the plant, my use of the word "kudzu" is a metaphor for my process of transformation. I seek to mimic the kudzu plant's organic process of making a familiar landscape of trees and other objects unfamiliar.
Influenced early on by MAD magazine, I developed an absurdist world view. When the world gives you absurdity, make absurd art. Dark humor is cathartic for me. Grace Slick sang; "anytime I laugh, I got religion" … that works for me.