Objects I am drawn to can be described as pathetic, absurd, antiquated, banal, or even garbage. I stumble upon these ordinary objects in my daily life whether driving down the road, visiting a yard sale, or peering into a trashcan. Objects are chosen that lack unique significance. However, I imagine a sublime provenance in these ordinary objects. This imagined provenance is how I begin to relate to the objects and transform ordinary objects into extraordinary. These new extraordinary objects are models to create trompe l’oeil ceramic versions. I then assemble the fabricated replicas into sculptures with a clear sense of purpose, priority, and preciousness. These everyday objects are imbued with specific signification through both their composed relationships with one another, and their homogeneous material. The deception of fabricated objects through the use of trompe l’oeil techniques is what allows me to convey the imagined sublime provenance. The objects’ inherent semiotic qualities create contextual narratives that shape how they are seen and how they can construct meaning in a particular setting.
Q&A WITH THE ARTIST
Question 1: How do you think your work stands out and is specific to you; either the way you create, the forms, the glazes, the concept, etc.?
A. My favorite comments often come after a person looks through the gallery and is complimenting the gallerist on the quality of work followed by, “Why is that garbage in the your gallery?” Even after explaining it many people need a tactile experience to prove that they are ceramic vessels. The absurd nature of my work and its seemingly familiar appearance as garbage is what sets it apart.
Question 2: What do you enjoy doing outside of the ceramic area?
A. I watch (listening to the audio more so than watching) to a ton of tv shows, YouTube videos and movies. On my commute to my job I listen to a ton of comedy podcasts as well.
Question 3: Who/what would be your 3 most important influences either as an artist or as a person (or both)?
A. Shipping Industry, disposable objects and working in the garage.
Question 4: What are some areas you would like to explore in the future regarding your work? (different kind of firing? any glaze types you’d like to try? more sculptural / functional work? ….)
A.I am always looking for ways to add labels or printed text, expanding the trompe l’oeil objects and materials I make my work out of and getting back to making sculpture work.
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