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My work relies on construction materials and building techniques developed in daily work. I adapt construction site aesthetics to art-dedicated spaces. By diverting the primary functions of commercial building materials, especially drywall and plaster, I ennoble these materials and techniques through the fine arts of sculpture and painting. I repurpose construction materials to create compelling aesthetic combinations for the viewer to discover all the while proposing a conceptual approach to material culture, through a formal pursuit informed by art historical references.
I appropriate the shape of functional objects by covering them with drywall, depriving both the object and the drywall of their intended employment. Through this transformation, I attribute new values to these objects culled from everyday life and consumer culture. Drywall, a product conceived with the specific purpose of wall and ceiling construction, has little to no other use as a construction material. The very limited properties of this common and familiar material often dictate the rendering of the shapes and the details of the sculptures I make. Even though the sculptures refer to utilitarian objects, the evidence of the engagement of a human hand and its laborious manipulations distances the art objects from the mass-produced manufactured ones they were titled after.
When the opportunity presents itself to build a fully immersive installation in an exhibition context, I will design environments reminiscent of various sitting areas such as a living room, a lobby, or a theater. As in the everyday life environments they refer to, these contexts are prone to introspection and self-awareness with their occupants observing, resting, waiting, and conversing. Sometimes, due to the familiarity of the objects in the proposed spaces, it is ambiguous as to whether the sculptures are functional or not.