From my immediate observation, our culture engages in a type of decadence, one that implies the impending fall of Western civilization. My work attempts to point light to the condition we are living in, the postmodern condition that has resulted in a particular type of disconnection. This results in a separationba from shared values, lived intimacy, actual human connection, and primarily, our physical bodies. My relationship to performance as a medium comes from the cathartic nature of reconnecting with my physical vulnerability, after a lifetime of upbringing in a first-world capitalist environment. My work is often extremely critical of the idealizations of the past and present, as well as the nepotistic, hypocritical nature of high art institutions.. In these institutions, I witness a desire to project a sort of philanthropic public image, without truly engaging in the real work necessary to push culture forward. Using common cultural signifiers and art historical references, I attempt to bring light to these double standards which I commonly witness when engaging with the art world. I view many of these higher up individuals as fat cats, engorging themselves in a type of projected intellectual superiority that ironically alienates them from anyone outside of their insular elitist bubble. My work promotes authenticity, vulnerability, honesty, and freedom, with an often political and philosophical edge.
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