Like many artists, I make art from the stuff of everyday life: clothing, cash, stolen items, porn. My work takes the form of sculpture, installation, print, digital media, text-based work, and applied arts. It is frequently derived from conceptual ideas that deconstruct hierarchical systems “high art” versus “low art,” “intrinsic value” versus “commercial value,” and so on with ironic humor.

Most recently, I have making celebrity and other portraits. Each were created from the first 101 images I found on Google when searching each subject's name. I convert individual jpegs to 1% opacity and layer them one upon the until an abstract, "meta-portrait" emerges. The portraits are time-based since each Google search, done on a certain day, will always yield a unique result. The titles of the works include the date when I accessed the images that comprise each portrait.





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