Drawing influence from contemporary design, as well as the iconography of branding and advertising, my work sparks a dialogue on consumer culture, semiotics, craft, and Floridian aesthetics.
While, previously, my work employed formal principles of two-dimensional design to render typically unattractive human figures aesthetically palatable, my current practice features the human form sparingly. Nevertheless, I utilize formal design principles to explore the compositional potential of unconventional shapes both within individual works, and within the larger exhibition installations in which those works are featured. Combining stylized tropical symbols with geometry and patterns, I infuse abstract arrangements with touches of Floridian flavor, an homage to my upbringing and continued fascination with being both a resident and a consumer in an overwhelmingly tourist-oriented state.
What remains the backbone of my work is my commitment to making art that is accessible regardless of one’s education in the arts or lack thereof. Thus, design, a field whose function is to facilitate the most efficient path to a human experience, is consistently fueling my process. With easily recognizable media like plywood, artificial turf, and spray paint, I pull from a lexicon of aesthetic motifs that is jovial and inviting, if not immediately familiar.