My photomontage process explores our buying habits and how we are led by a culture of artful sellers. My stories are about our conflicts and dualities illuminated by the objects we nimbly consume. I invite my audience to meander through my decorative tableaus to rediscover the underbelly of our humanity--to better understand who we are, who we've been, and who we are becoming.
I've always been interested in our willingness to be sold, but lately I've been experiencing how making choices has become more and more exhausting--mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Our options have multiplied rapidly and it's wearing us out. More than anything else, this is why we form such enduring loyalties. Once we believe that our values and choices align, we're happy to choose what has earned our trust, and to shift some of the burden off our shoulders.
But what happens when our choices and values are in conflict? Rather than logical conclusions based on needs and preferences, some choices are often a slim visible portion of our internal struggles, pitting conflicting ideas and beliefs against each other. How often are we attracted to something we also find unsettling? Do we buy it anyway, soothing our emptiness? Or do we leave it behind and walk away?