Man is the measure of all things – or so we once believed. We bear and we are barren. We hold and we are held. We move and we are moved. This body of work is an inquiry into our stewardship of humanist ideals. What have we achieved and what of our humanity?
One can make a living and never have a life. Work that engages our faculties and satisfies our senses is a blessing not afforded us all. For every fulfilled and actualized worker, there are a multitude of button pressers, lever pullers, and pencil pushers. Work has efficiently been reduced to mere labor. The individual is brought to the level of a machine. Bureaucratic social interactions mimic the machine. Demography has triumphed over democracy. Behavior and thought are assessed and adjusted, measured and manipulated.
Truth is strange and sometimes our best response is to laugh. I enjoy puns – playing with the relationships between the visual and the verbal. There is allegory and insinuation. Layered meanings allow connections to be made on many levels. On viewing the work, consider the multiple paths for interpretation.
- Born in Richlands, VA
- MFA – painting & printmaking from East Tennessee State University
- BFA – printmaking from Virginia Intermont College
- Teaching since 1999 – now Asst. Prof. of Art at Virginia Intermont College
- Web developer from 1998 – 2009