Growing up in a blue-collar construction family, I connected with tools and materials at an early age. Exposure to the jobsite as a youth helped shape my interest in architecture and the ever-changing organism of the built environment. These early experiences continue to inform my work and contribute to my own sense of place and identity.

The built environment serves as a multi-layered record of human activity, mirroring the effects of society’s needs and motives over time. The concept of structures as living entities is a natural starting point for my experiments, often stemming from themes of origin and decay within the urban landscape. The breakneck speed at which this life-cycle revolves in the Bay Area underscores the socioeconomic and political issues of our time and further influences my work.

My process results in quirky assemblages reminiscent of childhood forts or tree house constructions in miniature. My most current work presents as a collection of eccentric architectural models and maps, wryly alluding to the seriousness of many ominous societal issues on our collective horizon. The materials I gather are typically found, bartered or bargained for in keeping with my inclination to reuse when possible.

Autobody Fine Art
1517 Park St, Alameda

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