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I am most interested in big abstract questions of romance, loss, and longing, especially the feelings that we secretly harbor for one another. My work explores these ideas through personal and collective memories, actual and constructed experiences, and the tangling and untangling of the very loose threads that connect us, both the real and the unreal. I often employ found objects and appropriated imagery and text, which are preloaded with history and meaning, as a form of cultural shorthand toward my personal visual vocabulary — this is an attempt to communicate with others and to fill in the blanks of memory and persona. The inclusion of religious and popular iconography in my work takes into account these parallel forms of worship while aiming at a larger sense of function and design in our daily lives. Through the construction of self-portraits, personal landmarks, and mash notes to the American Dream, I am self-mythologizing, exploring objects and actions that might seem remarkably unremarkable on their own. I see this as a form of transubstantiation, in that through my intervention with these common objects, I might bring something to light that was secreted there all along.