We live in an era where we are bombarded with two-dimensional archetypes, and false realities. The ego is running ramshod over the entirety of our species, isolating us from ourselves and each other. Art can change this dynamic: It is the universal language through which many hearts and minds can be reached. As an artist I am a conduit, experiencing and observing behavior in an effort to expose the emotional consequences of a disconnected world.
Consumption is ingrained in our culture. As we consume more things, we also dispose of them. Our economy depends on it, our lives revolve around it, our media preaches it to us. Consume, dispose. Use it, toss it, buy another. It is so routine, we can’t even recognize the pattern.
Sex drives consumption. It sells everything from dolls to drugs. The media’s portrayal of the glory experienced by the physically elite inundates us daily, enticing us to buy more things in hopes that we will then ourselves be able to embody sex. Its idolization permeates our society so thoroughly, by the time a girl becomes a young woman, her identity has become so intertwined with the struggle to visually imitate impossible standards, that the fragility of her ego manifests as a desire to then seek validation from external sources. Because they cannot live up to the proliferated Adonis-like representation of the female form, a feeling of inferiority makes them easily swayed to employ other means to prove their sexual prowess, and in turn as they envision, their self-worth. Popular culture insinuates that promiscuity, assigns a woman value. As young women try to imitate these behaviors in hopes of establishing a sense of worth, the true emotional consequences only confuse them further.
Examining and showcasing the byproducts of this destructive, cyclical, cultural phenomena create the axis around which my work revolves.