My artwork is the byproduct of a society that lacks accessible, effective means of ameliorating social problems. It is the manifestation of my search for purpose and place under a system that thrives on exploitation, oppression, and alienation. Although I work in a variety of media, social criticism is always present in my work.
I am content to work in whatever medium is available. I always discover exciting possibilities when spending time with new materials. My functional sculptures are informed by my experiences as a metalworker in both manufacturing and art fabrication. These works are whimsical and absurd. In the tradition of kinetic sculptors Jean Tinguely and Arthur Ganson, they comment on the senselessness of contemporary life. Using a combination of digital manipulation and traditional media I have developed a process for creating scalable graphic images. These works are often provocative and overtly political. They are in debt to the history of radical street art and agitational propaganda.
After graduating from the Fine Arts A.S. program at SUNY Ulster I plan to use my skills as an artist and craftsperson to make freelance income while I continue to develop my artistic practice.
Eventually, I hope to return to school to become an art educator at a public high school or community college.
During much of my time in the Fine Arts program I have been privileged to work in the Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery preforming maintenance and helping prepare the space for exhibitions.
My favorite moment during my time at SUNY Ulster was when I had to opportunity to share my love for the gallery with visiting President’s Challenge Scholarship recipients (9th-12th graders) by presenting the 2022 Faculty Exhibition to them and speaking about my experiences as a student in the Fine Arts Program.