Artist’s Statement

To create meaning, I listen.

Understanding that I am not separate from the world, and that the ways in which I engage with it include cultural privilege and preconceptions, I am drawn to giving voice to unheard stories. My practice is one of constant balancing, to remain true to my own voice, to use it with humility, while attempting to create work that uncovers, discovers and re-members archetypal truths. I do not claim to understand which of my own truths will resonate with others as archetypal ones, but I believe that listening, both to others and to my own inner guides is a strategy that I employ to create meaningful work.

My deeply held beliefs about aesthetics are informed by a study of philosophy. While I am firmly committed to an understanding of aesthetics that acknowledges the subjective nature of reality, the mathematician and mystic parts of me continue to be fascinated with structures such as Phi (the Golden Mean), the Trinity and Pentalpha, fractal patterns and L-Systems.

The form, medium and genre of my art holds particular relevance to my work and my intention. I believe this era to be formative as we evolve technologically. Many activists working for cultural change more in line with earth-centric values have a distant or adversarial relationship to technology. While I respect that vantage point, I believe our choices are to reject technology, to see it as Other and fight against it, or to engage. I choose the latter.

I do so from a belief that the potential it brings us to collectively shift our path is tremendous, and believing that as humans we bring our values to technology. If cultural creatives, artists, activists and revolutionaries all reject technology, then technology itself will be shaped and formed exclusively by people with a mechanistic dualistic world-view. It is my intention to bring earth centric values into technology both by using it to create art and by the subject of the artworks themselves.

I am also aware that we risk repeating patterns of the past as we enter into
a technological era, for example class, race and gender divisions and disparities. My commitment to working in technology, to demystify it for and with others, has a practical aspect that calls to me urgently.

I believe it takes courage to be an artist. I understand fearlessness not as the absence of fear, but as the willingness to continue forward on a path with fear as a companion. I believe that fearless exploration as an artist begins with a passion for questioning. In questioning, experimenting, changing, I believe I am working toward a life lived as an artist, rather than one who simply makes art-things.

I believe that art is about truth: finding it, expressing it, questioning it, creating it, changing it. At the deepest level I am an artist to create change in the world, and I
understand that the best (perhaps only) way to create that change is to change ourselves. I believe art is something one is, as well as something one does.

Neolithic, Sumerian and Akkadian, and Greek artworks have deeply influenced my work. Art from these cultures maps a world view in which art and the Sacred are entwined. These depictions of divinity offer us a different perspective on the Sacred.

The study of languages, as both the philosophical field of linguistics and of languages themselves constantly informs my work, most specifically in the learning and application of the languages of technology. Computer code is simply language, and like poetry it can speak truths in concise ways. I use code as a way of exploring the power of language to shape and transform our realities. I continue to be enamored of these youngest languages of ours, exploring our beliefs about time and fate and the nature of randomness in the universe.

I embrace digital tools as a way of questioning what art is and what role art has, as our culture transforms into a technological one. It the fertile ground of intersection that inspires me, the place where ancient and new combine to create meaning