I operate under an acute condition of self-induced displacement, indicative of the cultural experience of longing for place. Bucolic literature, films, media, and artwork have served an important role in the creation of the mythological American west: depictions of lush meadows, endless plains, and big skies. This romantic notion is engrained in my psyche, and I find myself at a paradox: at once longing for these mythical places and simultaneously aware that this longing is a product of cultural fiction.
I formulate a visual language that is both specific and general, foreign and familiar, autobiographic and cultural. Through the act of appropriating everyday objects, I create a vernacular language of western sentiment and the cliché of prosperity and freedom. Many of the objects are a part of the artificial landscape; landscapes that have been fabricated or cultivated to transport the occupant to a personal utopia.
I am a product of my environment, but the act of making provides the opportunity to make my environment a product of me: to realize a vision, to manicure a landscape, to plant a garden, and mount my own Arcadian fixtures. The goal is to probe at the liminal state between physical experience and utopian sentimentality.