My artistic practice is concerned with the examination and critique of material culture and our society’s relationships with everyday objects. Typically working as the fictional Institute of Domestic Artifacts, and using deconstruction and magnification as tropes for discovery and insight, I create sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs and videos that apply pseudo-scientific methodologies in the study of domestic objects. Among the many objects I’ve studied are a vacuum cleaner, easy chair, toaster, stuffed bunny, telephone, and a Wonderbra®.
Recently I have completed bodies of work documenting my studies of a Sharp® television, vintage sound recording equipment and a Dell® Computer.
In each body of work, a meticulous deconstruction, or dissection, takes place that is recorded in photographs and video. The disassembled elements of the object are displayed in a highly organized manner, reflecting traditional museological presentation. For example, the Ampex® sound mixer is carefully arrayed on the wall of the gallery, allowing the viewer close proximity to examine all of the disparate, intriguing elements, as well as embodying the methodological rigor of the discovery. The drawings document the individual bits making up an object. The individual parts of the vintage reel-to-reel, which accompanied the Ampex® sound mixer, were traced and became a kind of schematic of the object.
The most recent work is the massive enlargement of a circuit board from within a Dell® computer. This piece, as well as the Sharp®town installation, utilized broadly mixed media to create an almost theatrical environment that suggested a place. In this case, the complicated region, with connections to the entire world and its resources, that is the ubiquitous circuit board. Deconstruction as discovery, magnification as insight.