New York, New York, United States
As many contemporary works of art seek to separate the digital from the “real” it is important to recognize the validity of the digital experience as part of the lived experience. Through my work I use digital processes as a way of exploring the darker aspects of lived experiences. Traditional and nontraditional techniques become tools for translating problems such as depression and psychological harm for the audience to engage with. As my work has progressed, it has taken on what I identify as a “Cyber-Mystic” approach. The techniques I draw on incorporate traits both from contemporary, internet-age digital processes, and fantastical elements. This fusion is present in pieces such as RGB2:Selfs in which projection is used as a way to explore divisions of the soul. Through this fusion of mysticism and the digital age I’ve created an aesthetic that resonates strongly on a personal level while commanding the attention of the viewer. The ideas used within these pieces are meant to be represented simply and assertively in a way that allows the viewer to readily take part in often-suppressed experiences. By using simple strong concepts in each work, I intend to create a space where the viewers’ determined meaning takes precedence. My work is deeply indebted to the viewer, and my hope is that the onlooker will draw their own sense of the meaning from each piece rather than being lead to an artificial conclusion.
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