artist statement: collective behavior
Western art has long emphasized the uniqueness of each human being. But beneath these independent identities and myths of rugged individualism lies our deep, intrinsic desire to be part of a group. The group provides security and comfort, but it is also vulnerable to manipulative leadership, oppression of independent thought, and exclusion of those seen as “others.”
Through painting, drawing and site-specific installation I use repetitive, uniform imagery to examine this propensity towards collective behavior and its resulting power structures and homogeneity. Uniformity and repetition are more important than individuality in my work. Yet simultaneously, we are vaguely aware that each repeated form, be it a chair in a crowd of chairs or a window in a building, represents an individual. Though based on systems of social organization, the locations and narratives in my work remain impersonalized and undefined, further emphasizing the sheer ubiquity of our collective behavior.