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My work investigates the boundary between mechanical and manual reproduction, how meaning is created or lost through copying, either with a photocopier or by hand. I recreate images from a variety of sources (Life Magazine, history textbooks, the internet) cropping and altering them in Photoshop to create something new. I am drawn to certain historical images of conflict and revolt (the JFK assassination, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, etc.). But I am interested in isolating these images, removing them from their specific historical situations, and then recontextualizing them with other images that do not have the same historical import. I call the resulting groups of images “compilations,” a sort of visual mix tape. The resulting arrangement of images is something like my bedroom as a teenager, which was filled with images clipped from magazines, images of bands or writers that I admired interspersed with random images I found aesthetically interesting. By thinking of these drawings as a series, the work has become more about the relationship between the images and connections that the viewer creates when encountering them, connections that I cannot control. Traces of my own hand are visible throughout these drawings, as are traces of the materials I use to create them: ink, acrylic, pastel, carbon pencils, but I try to hew closely to the original image in a hope to make the viewer pause and wonder about the creation of these pieces, about what exactly they are, a drawing, a painting or a print. I have recently been mounting the drawings to panels, in lieu of framing, to make the experience of them more direct and to make these drawings on paper appear more like paintings or objects.