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I see cops with their utility belts in Dunkin’ Donuts and I think of how cool I felt to wear something similar as a child, pretending to be a cowboy in the south-east of Ireland. My favorite place to spend money was the army surplus store—my friends and I all wanted camouflage fashion, Swiss army knives and flags; pre-pubescent gear fetishists. I still can’t walk past an army surplus store. I wonder how to make art concerning the everyday sadism and masochism that turns boys into adolescents for life; the barely perceptible codes and aggressions.
I make three-dimensional works using paint, fabric, wood, paper, video and found objects. They are physical investigations of the large-scale complex integrated conditions of what society is/was/will be. I’m excited by what materials do when they’re put together in ways that they’re not supposed to be put together. Matter is central to the work. The inanimate materials can become animated characters or bodies with their own characteristics that try to dictate the spirit of their space and investigate complex topics in a direct, intuitive manner.