Two processes dominate my studio practice: airbrushing and repurposing artifacts. I believe that even the most mundane objects possess a spirit and a history. My interest in this history compels me to re-contextualize everyday objects through customization and assemblage. I intentionally complicate assigned meanings to mobilize the spirit therein.
Sports, southern rap culture, and art history are prevalent in my work. I search for and collect objects representing these subjects. I then employ techniques such as sewing, vacuum forming, sole swapping, deconstructing, reconstructing, and composing forms to suggest new possible narratives.
Airbrushing dates back to my earliest art-making. As a teen, I picked it up as a way to enhance my skills. Through commissions, I worked directly with customers and their ideas in t-shirt shops, homes, at athletic events, and festivals. This way of working positioned me as a medium between someone’s idea and the resulting realization. Often these commissions memorialized or commemorated a loved one, again positioning me as a medium between the living and the deceased. These early bridgings made me realize that, as an artist, I could assert new meaning into the ordinary through customization.
I introduce to the viewer new artifacts, challenging them to see not only what is present, but also what is re-presented.