I am from Ipswich, a small fishing village on the north coast of Massachusetts. I have primarily lived and worked in rural –and often conservative– American towns, which has played a key role in the development of my artistic sensibilities. Working in, Ohio, Maine and upstate New York, site-specificity has come to mean more than its traditional definition as art in landscape. My work considers the location of that landscape, the surrounding ideology, people and community that takes care of it. In my practice site-specificity is fused with regionalism.
In turn my collaborations include work with other artists, but also with craftsmen, farmers, power company workers (see "Analogue Warning"), or wrecking yard staff (see "Genesis and Revelation"). The conception and fabrication of my work becomes performative, as I work respectfully and cautiously with community members whose worldview often doesn't reflect my own.
I strive to construct multiple layers of storytelling relating to this environment. These stories engage the tropes of American masculinity, patriarchy, and sexual identity. They function as windows into long-told narratives of the "go it alone" individualism embedded in the American male identity, and the resulting isolation and violence that stems from it. By rewriting these tales of personal myth-making they become layered and less predictable, and the outcome of each character's trials less heroic, but perhaps more human.
While these narratives function to draw the viewer in, I want my work to produce a visceral response. I want my installation, performance or action to transform the space it inhabits, to disrupt the viewer's sense of logic and rationale.