Name Something (Insert Color Here)The planet is reeling from climate change, racial injustice, and a pandemic. People are edgy, depressed, and scared. In this time of great pain, beauty is more important than ever. Yet, remembering what’s hurting the planet remains essential. Name Something (Insert Color Here) uses found objects and everyday trash to create serene yet meaningful images.
In transforming trash into objects of beauty, I am investigating how to change our relationship to garbage while soothing the soul.
Are you my hero?What makes someone a hero? One definition "is a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal." The portraits in this series are of people who meet this definition for me. You might think they are trash.
You're Fired! I Quit!The 45th US presidential administration has been chaotic and disorganized. When the president lost his reelection bid in November 2020, he focused on uncovering “massive” voter fraud. He turned his focus away from COVID-19, which was spreading throughout the country with daily record highs of positive cases.
These portraits are made of trash. They investigate the questions of whether this person was an absurd appointment, were they trashing our values, or were they thrown onto the rubbish heap?
More Garbage than FishTrash is everywhere. Over the past 50 years, the use of plastic increased 20-fold worldwide. Plastic creates toxins that end up in our rain, water, soil, and bodies. I see a need for beauty as well. My artwork combines these opposing ideas – the investigation of pollution and the desire to share splendor of the ocean.
Trash TotemsTrash totems are made of found objects and everyday trash. They endeavor to investigate the amount of trash we generate. They call into question how this trash impacts our environment.