ARTIST STATEMENT

My work, at its core, is about managing the vulnerability, awkwardness and discomfort of being alive. My point of entry is through a range of coping mechanisms that people use to feel okay in the world. I am drawn to the ritual behaviors and habits that offer symbolic and/or psychological comfort to their practitioners. With my camera or my self as a witness, each project is a quixotic endeavor to use improvised rituals, deadpan humor and empathy to ease various anxieties, insecurities or indignities that I, or those I am in conversation with, bump up against on a regular basis. I favor video, performance, drawing, and social engagement for their immediacy and simplicity. I maintain a tone of ambivalence to convey the notion that while these practices may be effective, they might also fall short. In doing so, I teeter between futility and agency, doubt and hope.