Solo Exhibition, The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT 2012
My work is rooted in the idea that convenience is not necessity. In the globally connected time that we are living in I am incessantly concerned that we in this country choose to live in a disposable climate with our consumption of consumer goods. The concept of purchasing a new, ‘green’, thing when our old thing is still functional is baffling to me.
I have taken on the task of harvesting these relics and deconstructing them to use materials that have a history of the time in which they were relevant. That voice, though dated, is still significant. If we overlook the past when determining the path of the future - we miss out on the lessons that history can bring to that conversation.
This body of work stems from thoughts about obsolescence and how fast it occurs in contemporary culture. Relics of instruction & education of my childhood had a very long shelf life, typically two decades. Today we are looking at 4 years as a standard before replacement is necessary. This concerns me. How we are dealing (or not) with the discarded & disposable materials, thoughts, and technological advancements of a culture connected? I get stuck in that space that sees all the unnecessary advances in manufacturing & production & I often wonder; ‘at what point will we have enough?’