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A Brief Note About My Artwork

My work ranges in scale from intricate patterns of pins on styrofoam and stiches on fabric to small- and large-scale public installations and insertions; and ranges in scope from very personal investigative paintings, videos and sculptures to collaborative public art projects. I use the readymade art of pop culture to investigate the nature of artificiality, the artificiality of nature, and the nature of fine art itself. My work tries to reveal and question structures of power (both in the "real" world and in the art world), break down these structures, and hopefully inspire individuals to engage in their own micro-politics.

I also write about art for a variety of publications including co-founding and co-editing stretcher.org, an art and culture magazine focused on linking the vibrant Bay Area scene to the international community, and have taught art at many levels. I created, teach in and co-direct the Meridian Interns Program, an after school art making program for inner city youth. We work together to produce artwork (installations, performances, murals, etc.) and in the process we break down cultural boundaries and increase modes of communication, challenging and changing the way we all view the world. And that -- the breaking down of boundaries, the challenging of existing structures, and increasing communication wherever and however possible -- is what I attempt in all of my various practices.