I work along two motifs – landscape and artifact. The landscapes may be primordial or alien and are evocative of a sense of place, or belonging, or existential absence. The viewer is always looking out into the landscape and artifacts reference what I imagine to be within the landscape if one keeps going. Artifacts ultimately confirm, or question, any existence. So there is a degree of world building in my work.
Conceptually, using a mass-produced synthetic polymer derived from an organic compound to build an inorganic, post-waste speculative world is an interesting sleight of hand. Practically, polystyrene embodies transformative and plastic properties. It is brittle, vulnerable, and light yet can become slab-like, formidable, and heavy as it soaks up paint. It can be shaped and layered and joined in a modular fashion suggesting relief and I consider the heavily compressed plastic dots that form a sheet of polystyrene to be analogous to pixels.