Crayons are a gateway drug. To most adults, the sight and smell of crayons produce
specific memories of childhood. The twist in the road to nostalgia is the
creation of a new object, from a medium in which it was not intended. This element of unexpected interaction
and play had me at hello.
I am one
of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with
Crayola. Because I am in pursuit
of larger ideas, the playful aspect of my medium is integral to the works of
art I’m creating. I can subversively insert a concept that may bloom well after
the initial recognition of the form as a familiar children’s implement. To
create my work I need to produce sculpture on a grand scale (which takes
thousands and thousands of crayons), so I order each color individually packed
(3000 to a case) and cut the sticks down to the length I need. I then bond the paper—not the wax—to a
form I have carved or cast, completely enveloping the form.
I am interested in identifying iconic objects that society
perceives to fit one role and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. Intriguing
questions arise when an object associated with childhood, such as a crayon, is
used to address issues dealing with more adult matters, such as sexuality, religion,
and social hierarchy. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to
the object as icon, but beguiling and satisfying to me in the use of pure color
as form. Larger room installations
also add the element of playing to the olfactory sense, as the scent of the wax
completely saturates the environment.
I hope that this body of work is my most successful in adding to the
greater visual dialogue of original art.
My intent is to continue to seriously create art that looks at itself
Some of my influences are H.C. Westermann, Fiona
Rae, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sandy Skoglund, Liza Lou, David
Mach, Charles Ray, René Magritte, El Anutsui, Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Takashi Murakami,
Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenburg, Tim Hawkinson, Martin Wohrl,
Tara Donovan, Banksy, and Ai Weiwei.