Adding to the global effort and conversation supporting positive change has always been important to me. I support forward activist thinking and believe that my artistic expression helps people break through the noise to better comprehend the ever-changing issues we face as evolving societies. My work aims to place the viewer in a complex situation to challenge and soften their convictions, so they can achieve greater understanding for a common good.
I constantly confront my insecurities by exposing my ego and physical being to a mass audience in the public arena. Opening myself to criticism is uncomfortable for me, but it offers personal growth and an opportunity to perceive an audience’s reaction to a presented idea. I believe that by sharing experiences, we contribute to and assist each other in self-discovery, so we can all achieve our underlining desire for greater wisdom.
Unfortunately, populations are slow when adopting change or letting go of man-created-belief-systems that are designed to dehumanize or restrict life experience. The dogma, whether it is religious or social, reinforces the security of staying within group thinking. This cocooning, no matter how irrational it is, insulates and takes away a level of questioning, because it is often conviction based, instead of fact based. And this can solidify absurdity as truth. It then allows people to act foolishly, contradicting their values. It can also prevent someone from seeing a truth. For this reason, I seek to dissect and humanize situations, making them more familiar, by creating art that questions issues or objects to arouse individual thinking that supports positive transformation.
I was appalled by the disregard and contempt of the Regan administration and the self-righteous sentiment in the United States at the beginning of the AIDS crises. Serving their own agenda, they allowed fellow human beings to perish instead of hitting the issue head-on and curtailing the pandemic. Hence “Silent March” was born. When I stood in public space as part of the site-specific installation, I experienced first-hand how it touched people. Facial expression changed as passersby contemplated the non-discriminating devastation that AIDS was having on society through an identifying object - shoes - belonging to victims of the disease.
Art inspires us. It helps us reevaluate our thinking and moral understanding. It gives me voice and a vehicle to standup for a more just society. I aim to touch people in a profound to touch people in a profound way and give perspective into the issues we question. I certainly do not have solutions and struggle with many questions. But, it is my continued goal with the help of others to reach a larger audience and add dimension to our ongoing conversations.
My life has been devoted to this combined passion of art and advocate. I do believe in the goodness of people. But since childhood, I have been plagued by the cruelty and the disparity that humanity subjects itself to. It is that which shapes my ideas but in and of itself, it does not comfort my pain. This may explain why my painted work transitioned into a different type of reductive profoundness when I started to develop large-scale projects that addressed concerns.
I am deeply thankful for those who enrich my life experience by living and sharing their passions. They help me in my journey to evolve and become more compassionate and inclusive. It is through my life’s work that I support our human right to live in societies that attain aspirations of happiness, higher learning, equality, peace and abundance. Join me by taking time to consider my body of work and support its intention.