Artist Statement Submitted 2020I am interested in how the perception of reality is colored by dreams, memory, superstition, religion, bias, prejudice, and fear. My mixed media abstractions are metaphors for the filters that we create through which we perceive reality. These screens or filters refer to the overlay of belief systems created by the individual to piece together their personal paradigm. The reason I’ve chosen to execute these ideas in objects instead of paint or wood, bronze or other virginal art material is that I think this psycho emotional stuff is messy and the detritus of real objects brings a richer and more appropriate vocabulary to the mix. I choose to sew these objects together in part because this action mirrors the binding of experiences and expectations that humans perform to produce meaning. It indicates the conscious being attempting to make sense of being conscious through the pollution of memory and psychic debris.