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I am a representational painter who rejects the canvas, and wishes to expand and reimagine the structure of exhibition. I was born and raised in San Francisco. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated with the act of remembering, going out of my way to induce nostalgic sensations in myself. Where story, photographic image, and recollection trisect--that's the terrain I'm exploring. I’ve developed a dialogue between found objects and carefully rendered imagery, ritualistically creating entities that defy time by uniting the objects that exist in the physical realm with the pictures that exist in the mind’s eye. The included images are examples of my recent work.
For this project, I’d like to expand on the unification of painting and found object, turning my attention towards objects that serve a functional purpose in the viewers’ everyday lives: clothing. I’ve been an avid thrift store shopper since my early teens. I spent my adolescence in stores like Thrift Town, Goodwill and Mission Thrift. From a conceptual standpoint, I’m fascinated by the secret memories embedded in objects such as used clothing—they’ve encased unknown human bodies, bearing witness to life experiences that are impossible to know.
I’ve lived in New York for five years, but I love my hometown like a member of my family. From afar I’ve watched it change, burying my childhood underneath the sidewalks, threatening to forget. I’d like to inject nostalgic images of my past back into the present-day San Francisco by painting my memories onto vintage clothing culled from my favorite local stores. Although each piece in the original clothing line will be unique, functioning as both an original painting and an everyday piece of fashion, I’m also interested in making mass-produced versions of each piece using quick printing techniques onto blank shirts and sweatshirts. For the original line, I’ll use acrylic silkscreen ink and paint directly onto the clothes. Imagery will range from decorative—native plants such as nasturtiums and bottle brush trees—to pictorial: like a cityscape from the top of Twin Peaks, and even personal snapshots from myself and my peers.
I’m frustrated by the stagnant exchange between a viewer and a painting on a wall. I want to make art that infuses real life. I want viewers to take my art and make it a part of them. To not only live with it, but live within it. Clothing is more widely marketable than paintings, so in that sense this is a business venture. But it is also a performative act, a reconstruction of exhibition, a new way for people to interact with painting. As I watch San Francisco change, as my past fades away, my impulse is to immortalize it paint. But what good is that if the paintings just sit in a gallery and eventually a private home (or the back of my closet)? This way, the memories recirculate back into the world they were borne from. And those who buy and wear the pieces will be participating in a collective nostalgia for our changing home.