Stripped to its skeleton, my work is about the
difference between truth and reality. I think of reality as everything
that exists, with or without human observation. I think of truth as the
ways humans interpret reality.
The flesh of my work — what I
address directly — is how truth and reality relate to human conflict.
People naturally, it seems, want their own definitions of truth to be
universally accepted as the definitions of reality. These competing
definitions — all equivalent insofar as they are interpretations of
reality — are the origins of human conflict. From bullying to hegemony
to conquest to genocide, humans hurt and destroy each other to gain
dominion for their own truth.
Materials used in my work represent
both reality and interpretation: natural materials like earth,
minerals, water and vegetation are the basic elements of the physical
world, created without the aid or craft of people; man-made materials
like paint, glue, fertilizer, metal, video and recorded sound represent
our crafting and reshaping of reality. I want my work to both mimic
reality — the untouched lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere — and
convey the liminal realm of truth — ambiguous, debatable and subject to