In my sculptures, installations, and mixed-media works– I use ubiquitous domestic objects including carpet, PVC pipes, and wooden framing; to emphasize the uncanny within the familiar. I often begin with a foundation of research, digging into and deconstructing obscure histories, creating uncanny and surreal narratives from the bits and pieces left behind.
A term I often circle back to in my practice, is ‘nostomania’. An outmoded psychological term used to characterize a harmfully extreme form of nostalgia; an unremitting desire to return home or go back to a familiar place exemplifies the affliction. A hyper-fear, horror, and obsession with the objects of home also characterize nostomania. Nostalgia in these circumstances is pushed to a perilous degree, and out of the control of the individual experiencing it.
I view my work as a movie for one; an implied larger narrative abbreviated, displaced and contextualized within the structure of yet another narrative. The objects I see as de-contextualized movie props in terms of form and subject matter, but also self-contained units complete in their own existence– rather than secondary forms remaining from a larger whole. This idea of a world within a world, as well as the intersection of “high art” with the cheap sensationalism of pulp, pervades my work.