In a time of global upheaval, my art practice is fueled by my experiences as a community organizer and my observations on how issues and historical events serve as thresholds for public engagement. Combining customary organizing tools like one on one contact, interviews, and social networking, with photography, sculpture, and printmaking, I build installations to explore how people navigate public and private spheres of society.
My interest in using paper-based materials comes out of my childhood fascination with dioramas and pop-up forms. As a child, creating dioramas was my way of constructing imaginary worlds through the arrangement of objects, images, sound, and stories. In terms of pop-ups, books are usually the vehicles of choice, so it’s not unusual for a person to associate the act of storytelling with the form. Pop-ups offer a satisfying experience of being able to look and touch the work. At first glance, a pop-up demonstrates a whimsical quality, producing instantaneous visual magic tricks that utilize shape, color, kinetics, scale, and the element of surprise. I use its playful qualities as a tactic to catch the viewer off guard and to investigate ideas and issues rife with cultural assumptions or coded language.
Using every day materials like paper and cardboard combined with found ephemera and readymade objects, my making leverages storytelling, political analysis, and humor as a cultural strategy for public discourse amongst diverse audiences.