Getting to the root of who we are.
I enjoy making things, but that's not what makes me an artist.
I am an artist because I ask questions. I am an artist because my values fuel my decisions. I am an artist because I fall in love with people, places, and ideas. More so than a maker, I am an observer and a seeker. My work is the response to the conversations I have been a part of. It is a return of value. It is a thank you.
I value curiosity and observation. Artists don’t need to be starving, but we do need to be hungry. Food, sex, and shelter are the fundamentals of survival, so if we are not hungry, horny, or scared, we will lack the moxie to explore, ask questions, and chase new discoveries.
I value the confidence to be genuine. To know and share who we are requires us to pare ourselves down to our basic elements. It’s easy to look good on paper, while under the nice resume and nice pictures is a reality that has no substance. Authenticity is scary, rugged, and absolutely necessary if we are to reveal the true beauty and simplicity of what's important in this life.
I value reciprocity. Infatuation is the elevator pitch--quick, shallow, and short-lived--because its perspective is one-sided. Love is the conversation. The act of returning love is vital to the depth of our understanding and the prosperity of our relationships.
We could replace the word “artist” in the above paragraphs with teacher, designer, engineer, human being...it doesn’t matter how we title ourselves. The real point is that we live with intent.
I am a firm believer in different disciplines and cultures working together to inform and help one another, because it is in the differences of our perspectives that we are able to build the connections necessary to our progress.
From 2011 to 2014, I had a commercial studio space in Milwaukee (Bay View), where I curated art shows, hosted fundraisers, and led workshops. Since 2014, my studio practice has hit the road, from Madison, Wisconsin to South America. Whether talking in a lecture room or a gallery, at my own table of local friends or in a refuge with fellow travelers, I am continuously amazed and humbled by how something as simple as a set of drawings is enough to pull people together, to converse and share in an experience that both proves our humanity and solidifies our community.
Everything we do has its roots in a desire to create, to challenge the way we see the world around us, and by this means, evolve and grow.
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