From crime scenes to cemeteries and the commemorative space of chapels, my work centers on desire and destruction—particularly the clash between the decorative arts and places of violence or remembrance. The use of these spaces, and the evidence of destruction that occupies them, provides a conflicting sense of time. The instantaneous moment of sudden break-ins or death contrasts with the protracted timespan of reconstruction after the fact. Some pieces attempt to preserve and display these cursory moments, as if part of a gemstone display or a reverent religious space, while others prolong and aestheticize their sense of destruction.
Many of my pieces made from ad hoc materials reference makeshift memorials, taking the form of ephemeral, short-term works. Broken and at-hand materials like automobile glass, acetate, gilded printer paper and party favors are used to narrate sagas of allure, fragility and dispossession in contemporary urban life. The faceted and reflective forms suggest visual elements from the worlds of interior design, jewelry, and geology.
My work draws from research into histories of place, recently in San Francisco, to emphasize the social rifts that produce crime. It references changes in geography and urban structures, as in the historic eviction of the cemeteries of San Francisco to new plots outside of the city, to reflect on an infrastructure that encourages dislocation and instability.