I make interactive installations and sculptures inspired by elements of everyday life. Everywhere around us there are symbols, sounds, and smells that act as emotional triggers or instinctual cues. I use these signifiers to create my own playful versions of familiar pastimes or functional objects.
My artmaking process begins with an investigation of human impulse and decision-making, as well as an examination of the role objects play in shaping those behaviors. From my findings, I attempt to distill the underlying logic of a particular idea, emotion, or sentiment. I then set out to literalize that abstract concept or feeling, converting it into a tangible physical experience. The finished work is participatory in nature, and often incorporates multi-sensory methods to elicit feelings of nostalgia, desire, comfort, elation, or even frustration.
The key to understanding my work is to physically engage with it — to use it, play it, touch it, smell it, and sometimes taste it. While I make every effort to craft objects that are beautiful and alluring, my main objective is to create evocative and memorable experiences for the people who use them.