Where are you from originally and where do you live now?
I am originally from New Jersey, which is where I currently live.
What is your artistic background?
In middle school I was the go to kid for drawing demons and weird weapons on friends brown paper bag book covers. I didn't think much of it at the time because it was a lot of fun and a way to make friends for a shy 12 year old. In high school I read a lot of mythology and comic books. When I saw Greek pottery at a museum in New York I made a profound connection between domestic spaces and storytelling. After high school I went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. As a kid from a small town in a rural part of southern New Jersey it was a dramatic culture shock. I think this also fuels my fascination with how people, regardless of language barriers, communicate their traditions and lifestyles.
Do you have a day job?
I do not currently have a day job.
How would you describe the world you create in your artwork?
The "interior spaces" in this show are part of an attempt to create a lifestyle that seems familiar but alien at the same time. The titles are also an effort to enforce that dichotomy.
How do you tap into that world?
I have a ping pong table in my studio that acts as an organized space for Atari instruction booklets, colored holographic paper, glitter spray paint, neon construction paper...etc. Looking at that for a few minutes usually sparks an interesting combination of mediums. Beginning a collage with that risk-taking headspace is what keeps my world continuously fun to visit.
What are some major inspirations for you?
I love all kinds of artists, but I especially enjoy mixed media artists like Michael Swaney, Drew Beckmeyer, and Devin Troy Strother. It's interesting to see how often they experiment with mediums and deal with wildly different concepts.Shopping at arts & crafts stores which sell everything from model train accessories to glitter markers is another way to prepare my brain for a new project. The clerk’s reaction to the eccentric medley of things I bring to the front desk is always a conversation starter.
I plan on doing some larger collages (4' x 6'). I have an idea for a series of off-world raves, inter-dimensional bangers, and quantum block parties.