The intention of my recent work is essentially to exaggerate the ridiculousness of avoiding reality. By presenting sculpture and imagery that offer false getaways and unreliable forms of protection, I am trying to highlight the tragic yet comic floundering for serenity, ultimately giving me perspective on my own anxiety and uncertainty.
Making commonplace objects into emergency items, and handicapping instruments of pleasure or precaution, I aim to magnify the bittersweet-ness of life and the sometimes-laughable state of insecurity. By rendering symbols of escape as defunct, or presenting life-saving devices and precious materials as burdens, I am exploring how my safety and comfort can never be guaranteed.
As vulnerable as we are in our unpredictable environments, what provides us with momentary security and a sense of calm? In the throes of stress, worry, and fear, do we need an escape or just the illusion of escape? Using varied media, I have attempted to amplify the absurdity and futility of striving for absolute reassurance and protection, by way of searching for some humor in the melancholy.