Full Artist's statement
My work explores the relationship human beings have with their surrounding environment, both natural and man-made, suburban and urban, and how we interact and observe the spaces we inhabit and alter for our own wants and needs. My interest comes from my own observations of the places I have lived and the unique aspects that make them different from each other, while at the same time, finding the ideas or aspects that are all similar.
Having grown up in a planned suburban community from the Great Depression, with a strong and unique history. I grew up being very observant of the unusual aspects and items that characterized the community. Leaving for college and moving to other parts of the country made me very aware of how unusual my suburban space was and the issues that started to affect other parts of the country with development of homes and the housing boom.
Through image manipulation and the re-contextualizing of symbols, the work creates new perspectives for the viewer to consider when confronted with their own relationship with the environment. The work strives to have a conversation with that audience about their own awareness of space, want of things and societal norms, not to force a viewpoint upon them. My art aims to bring forth questions for each viewer, to begin an inner dialogue that may or may not affect their perspective on their environment.