I fell in love with ideas when I was in college. I'd hoard them like a dragon hoards treasure, savoring the different shapes and colors and textures and flavors. I'd ask questions and try to answer them in prints- 'What if I had an infinite dollar bill?' 'What if I made a bunch of computer mice that could race around on their own?' 'What would happen if you hybridized humans and corn?'
Now I'm more focused on the care and feeding of thoughts. I've discovered (the hard way) you can not just push some interesting little figment out into the world and expect it to thrive. Ideas are delicate, and on their journey from the intangible to the tangible, they can fall apart at the lightest touch. I've also discovered (the hard way) that it's possible to find the value and interest in anything that is properly presented, or render anything lackluster with improper handling. I now explore questions like 'How do 100 people look at the same object and see it 100 different ways?' 'How many different ways can concepts be expanded, collapsed, or dissected?' 'What universal constants can be found in all art?' and 'Why do we draw and write?'
I've grown fascinated by graphs, games, maps and stories- different ways of presenting the goings on of the world in a way that picks out patterns and helps us understand our place within them. Currently, print is my go-to media. After 15 years of printmaking, I'm still enraptured with its rituals, its democratic nature and the rich history of the medium, from Renaissance- style woodblocks to digital printing.
Recently, my work has also been taking more of a narrative turn. I've been experimenting with different ways of mixing images and texts, keeping a comic-journal as well as telling stories that are more fantastic. A friend once mentioned that stories have a way of vicariously supplying the things that are lacking in one's own life. For instance, I grew up obsessed with being good, and terrified of getting in trouble. Subsequently, I've noticed a thread of rebellion and mischief running through my comics.
I think it's more important than ever to understand the ways in which we make sense of information. Digital technology has put knowledge on every subject under the sun at our fingertips, often contradictory, and highly variable in quality. What we know- or think we know can illuminate, obscure, educate, bedazzle, or mislead. I'd like to use it to cultivate curiosity- both in myself, and those who see my work- and to envision what might be beyond the current boundaries of what is possible.