Artist Statement

   My work attempts to collapse spatial and psychological barriers between class, noise, location, and body language by creating videos and installations with a focus on sound, light, and space. Non-spaces historically refer to sites such as highways, airport terminals, waiting rooms, shopping centers, and other liminal spaces. They came about as society strove for health, hygiene, and efficiency. Since beginning to work with Non-Spaces in 2016, I have attempted to confront the viewer with something that is seemingly familiar- like sitting in a waiting room- but which has been suspended through the use of repetitious sounds and images, asking us to question the invisible structures that we participate in on a daily basis.

At the start of the work is the question, what are the politics of a waiting room? How does the architecture of these spaces affect the individual body on a cognitive and physical level; how does it affect the collective? Consider the possibility of a site that is non-historical, non-specific, and non-relational; can this site exist?  Theorist Marc Augé proposed his non-place as a resolution to this. I propose an alternative. Instead, the Non-Space as a paradox, rather a psychological manifestation that occurs within generic architectural sites that enacts an entirely oppositional response to anonymity, connection and relatability. Instead, the seemingly un-interesting space of transience and non-thought is a space that must evoke the human body, identity, and subjectivity. How site and social culture feed into one another foregrounds my work by exploring the ways in which our physical bodies react to the varying social conduct produced by non-specific sites. I typically create systems of analyzing and viewing our own subjectivity-- as participants of these places.  As we evolve as a society, these overlooked spaces stand out more to me, especially over the past year. The possibility that even the smallest location or gesture might have an effect on the globalized whole is more apparent than ever. My work often ends with the question, “Can the politics of a waiting room lead us to a utopic end, or the depicted dystopia of science fiction?”

My work often uses architecturally mundane environments- Non-Spaces- to evoke the ways in which social structures and subliminal design produce and perpetuate one's identity. I look to sound as the guiding force behind my videos and installations, encouraging the viewer to listen and look more deeply, to find narrative within the sounds and undercurrents of the quotidien. My work often, also, uses found objects that would typically be located within these sites, the reuse- and the refused. I focus on issues such as globalism, capitalism or Non-Wealth, Commonwealth countries such as Australia, existing in a news driven existence, etc.

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