My recent work is inspired by the human impact on the natural world and the destructive force of time on the built environment.
Living in the Midwestern United States, I am surrounded by urban structures in contrasting conditions of existence: buildings slowly crumble in the shadow of shiny new construction; layers of paint peel away from walls and doors while the refuse from renovations sits in twisted piles on street corners.
Throughout my typical day, I photograph anything that strikes me as sad, humbling, or visually surprising. My archive of photographs is constantly growing and serves as material from which I construct fictional worlds.
I eschew a fixed and singular perspective, opting instead for a collage aesthetic and multiple styles as a way to express a wide range of emotions as well as the simultaneity of existence.
My creative work sits at the intersection of emotion and fact. It portrays how I navigate the world and reveals what I choose to observe as well as the fears and concerns I project onto the environment.
Contradictions within the urban environment become evidence of the inequality within my community, and can easily be mapped back onto societies around the world. In this age of information, people can be connected to global tragedies and triumphs, which must be reconciled with the purely personal.
I aim to depict uncanny urban environments, devoid of humans but packed with remnants of their existence, to suggest the aftermath or foreshadowing of an uncertain and unknowable catastrophe.