I am a soft boiled egg from the suburbs of Detroit, USA, baby. Spawned in 1993, I grew up during that pre-housing crisis, Bush 2, era of American exceptionalism. As a result of the conspicuous capitalism that defined my early adolescence, I make most of my sculptures from trash using humble building materials. I create pieces detached from their original purpose with new symbolic and formal potential. My work contains its own dense language rooted in western ideas of gender and sexuality, specifically instances illustrated in American pop culture. Think Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday party. It feels like a nervous breakdown of Americanism. It is not hysterical, but vibrates with anxiety, the anxiety of the things we are supposed to like given to us through TV, diner Americana, and the Back to the Future Trilogy. Using humor and a deep, un-ironic, appreciation of kitsch, I aim to undermine traditional institutions of taste, class, value, and power. Setting up intricate installations of paintings, collages, sculptures, and processed foods, I make symbolically complex, yet goofy sets and props for a Barbie parody version of myself that may never show up to play.
Gothsmiths, University of London (Goldsmiths)
MFA, collecting garbage
2018 - ????
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BFA, mostly hot-gluing
2011 - 2016
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