ARTIST STATEMENT: The same themes have appeared in my work since I can remember: the personal, unattainable and powerful men, gun imagery, vague text, impending doom or death, cliché, patriotism, pop culture, and semi-dry humor. I begin with the personal, which are contemplations of life from not only my perspective but from television, the media or people known to me. The text in my pieces begets the thought processes behind Facebook statuses, the tone of Frank Warren’s PostSecret postcards and the musings of Jenny Holzer’s truisms or Richard Prince’s joke series. As individuals living in 2012, we think in 150 characters or less, and one-liners have become meaningful. I take one-liners and mash them together to create a larger gestalt of some greater theme or abstract meaning. Each rectangle, however, contains its own autonomy, its own composition and its own ideological statement. The viewer can bring to the piece their own experience from their personal, professional, spiritual, or artistic life. With social media’s upheaval in our country, the professional and the personal are intersecting more easily, and I’d like to continue to knock down those walls of art and life and work inspired by things ranging from Jeff Koons’ Made in Heaven series to Amy Winehouse’s trouncing through the streets of London. It’s time to get louder.