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STATEMENT OF WORK
When I came out as a gay man I was sent to a conversion therapist by my family. Needless to say, the therapeutic expectations were fruitless. It remains one of countless reminders of erasure. I explore the tensions between the courage of living an authentic life, and the pressures of personal erasure. ERASURE is a shorthand for the ways in which queer perspectives are silenced; yet like a Pentimento, an otherness emerges. Some of us can’t help but reveal our nature. In my work, obfuscation is a metaphor for my lived experiences.
My attention to working through craft materials and sculptural space are best represented through juxtapositions of a network of objects and images. I begin with drawings of people, places or things, and then I create obliterations, leading to an abstracted trace of what is there. Objects obscure images, and images are wrapped like camouflage over objects.
Further research into revisionist history aims to create a space for queer and peculiar narratives. I reimagine histories and I make relics as evidence. My work builds upon a notion of art-making as ritual, and artwork as artifact. This is the best way for me to explore my thinking; creating a space where unexpected relationships evoke memories of people, places and things that prevailing cultural and political narratives have obscured. If a moment in time is meant to matter emotionally, or symbolically, rituals and artifacts will be close at hand as evidence that we are here.