Artist Statement

In my art practice I have always worked with memory, identity, culture and the intersection of all three concepts. My background began in sculpture and my practice has shifted to new media, although Sculpture still maintains a great impact on the way I think about space, installation, and image as material.

My work is driven by my southern upbringing and my struggle with the ideologies of the southern region of the United States. Video art and installation have provided me a way to challenge the Southern identity and its’ constant shifting between truth and myth, legend and reality, history and heritage, past and present. As the duality of Southern culture becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore, my work invites a conversation about the discontented frustration encircling a South seemingly unwilling to interrupt the loop in which it finds itself. Through the use of found video materials and those I create myself, I am making video works and GIFs in which I am deconstructing artifacts of southern culture through juxtaposition and manipulation of their image by using the form and language of glitch to create a moment which begins to break the image in such a way as to open up a space for new knowledge, new possibilities, and perhaps a new identity for the South.

My work does not claim to create solutions, rather it seeks to initiate questions surrounding the things we are afraid to discuss out loud and through this make a space for possible solutions. My work is not a documentary or intended to be an archive, rather it means to affect the viewer psychologically, to get under the skin, to make uncomfortable, to unsettle with rapid, glitching movement and repetition. My recent work is dedicated to the current moment of critical investigation and the removal of the reappearing artifacts of southern culture.