Inspired by the Memphis design movement of the ‘80s and ’90s and its subsequent pop-cultural applications, my work sparks a dialogue on nostalgia, consumer culture, nature versus artifice, the possibility of progress through regress, and Floridian aesthetics.
While, previously, my work employed formal principles of two-dimensional design to render conventionally unattractive human figures aesthetically palatable, my current practice departs from human figuration altogether, embracing formal design outright and exploring the compositional potential of characteristically “Memphis” shapes within individual pieces and the exhibition installations in which they are featured. Combining stylized tropical symbols with unequivocally retro geometry and patterns, I infuse abstract arrangements with touches of Floridian flavor, an homage to my upbringing and continued fascination with being both a resident and a consumer in an overwhelmingly tourist-oriented state.
What remains the backbone of my work is my commitment to making art that is accessible regardless of one’s education in the arts or lack thereof. Thus, design, a field whose function is to facilitate the most efficient path to a human experience, is consistently fueling my process. With easily recognizable media like plywood, astroturf, and spray paint, I pull from a lexicon of aesthetic motifs that is jovial and inviting, if not immediately familiar.