I use clay as a material to create scenes comprised of everyday objects that have cultural significance. I also work in film and sound, integrating these into my ceramic installations.
I am exploring the connection between culture and technologies. The technologies I explore are used for the distribution of medias, such as music and television. These objects manifest as identities of a generation; access to these technologies ultimately leads to the cultivation of individual taste and identity. I am interested in the unique aesthetic each of these objects have, and their representation of culture, subculture, and the individuals who utilize them.
These works reference cultural consciousness through objects, objects that represent the multitudes of identity that exist in a person’s community, home, or bedroom. I see media objects as portals of culture, such as TVs, radios, tapes, and VHS’s.
My work explores the constructed identity of youth culture and subcultures. I create objects that are iconic to media culture, youth culture, and sometimes specifically 90’s subculture. Through these installations I am creating a dialogue on the transmission of culture, exploring where and how a person finds identity though mass media. I hope to illustrate the connection between large media corporations and their profitable effects on the identities of youth. I intentionally create objects that capture the apathy that was a characterization of 90’s youth culture.
Youth identity is the fundamental component in my work, as youth can be seen as the entry points to popular culture. Pre-adulthood is a time that is characterized by taking parts of your culture and claiming them as your own, ultimately constructing an identity. The exploration of music, identity, reason, and rebellion are strong in these years. I hope to capture these sentiments in my work.