My work has experienced a significant shift and I couldn't be happier about it. I am compelled to examine my relationship with my primary medium while showing the viewer how unique and tedious it is. My recent work elicits a feeling of tension and anxiety. The same anxieties I feel when I work with neon. I want viewers to know my narrative of process, to see the medium in a light other than commercial signage. I want to leave people with a desire to go into the world more aware of the artifacts that surround them - to be curious about how things are made.
Neon is all handmade.....by someone. It is a material with a rigid and tedious process. There are anxieties, burns, cuts, frustration and I've definitely cried, but there's also magic and passion necessary to continue going with it. I want to share those highs and lows with my viewers. I aim to highlight the unseen and sometimes mundane processes of sculpture as a whole in an attempt to highlight the importance of those processes as equal to, if not more important than the final work, conceptually and aesthetically. I use neon because I am drawn to resistant materials, tedious processes and the scientific. I am a trades-person, and by nature can never separate from my desire for knowledge of the processes by which things are made.