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In the context of being art, or part of an art work, a familiar object becomes a potent question for viewers to contemplate. It prods viewers to recall the functions of and places the particular items are used. A simple union of a few familiar objects speaks volumes to viewers. The combining of even the most disparately related items will allow us to formulate new meanings or metaphors for the shapes due to the merging of their original individual purposes. I examine this with my sculptural works that explore the union of commonplace domestic and industrial objects.

I accept the baggage that comes along with them; their histories and functions and what each suggests. My intention with these objects, however, is to subvert the contextual boundaries which define them. I manipulate them in opposition to the way they are normally presented, encountered and understood, but leave them recognizable. I am interested in the absurdity of obstructing function and creating unexpected associations between ordinary things.

Title/Materials: Shovels, Nuts, Bolts
2’6” x 5’ x 1’6”
2011
Unified
Desks, Chair, Crutches, Fluorescent Light, Parking Cone, Life Preserver, Paint
7’6” x 6’6” x 5’
2009
Unified
Desks, Chair, Crutches, Fluorescent Light, Parking Cone, Life Preserver, Paint
7’6” x 6’6” x 5’
2009
Detail
Unified
Desks, Chair, Crutches, Fluorescent Light, Parking Cone, Life Preserver, Paint
7’6” x 6’6” x 5’
2009
Detail
Unified
Desks, Chair, Crutches, Fluorescent Light, Parking Cone, Life Preserver, Paint
7’6” x 6’6” x 5’
2009
Untitled
shopping carts, steel, plastic mesh, zip ties
variable
2009
Second Story Man
school desks, rubber hose, steel, wood chips/sawdust, studio debris, paint. wood glue, engine part, found ceramic pots, bicycle inner tubes, foam, twine, zip ties, wire mesh, screws, wire
8' x 4.5' x 5'
2008
Second Story Man
school desks, rubber hose, steel, wood chips/sawdust, studio debris, paint. wood glue, engine part, found ceramic pots, bicycle inner tubes, foam, twine, zip ties, wire mesh, screws, wire
8' x 4.5' x 5'
2008
Second Story Man
school desks, rubber hose, steel, wood chips/sawdust, studio debris, paint. wood glue, engine part, found ceramic pots, bicycle inner tubes, foam, twine, zip ties, wire mesh, screws, wire
8' x 4.5' x 5'
2008
Detail
Second Story Man
school desks, rubber hose, steel, wood chips/sawdust, studio debris, paint. wood glue, engine part, found ceramic pots, bicycle inner tubes, foam, twine, zip ties, wire mesh, screws, wire
2008
Second Story Man
school desks, rubber hose, steel, wood chips/sawdust, studio debris, paint. wood glue, engine part, found ceramic pots, bicycle inner tubes, foam, twine, zip ties, wire mesh, screws, wire
8' x 4.5' x 5'
2008