Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

The relationship between nature and culture – how we define and distinguish the two, how those definitions break down – drives my work. The selection and editing of imagery is an important part of the process. Much of what I look for is literally drawn from the American landscape. Sources include my own photographs of cross-country travels, wilderness hikes, or field guides of American flora and fauna, as well as body-building and muscle car magazines. My work could be described as “American Landscape”.All of my work is concerned with the tension between recognition and strangeness, between the natural and the artificial. In works that use a a Rorschach-like structure, ornamentation draws in the viewer. The close view reveals that large structures are comprised of small bits of representation. Like the once-popular inkblot test, the work suggests a complicit relationship between viewer and artwork in the construction of meaning.