Round wooden plaques (each roughly 11’’ in diameter), used cigarettes, neon, wire. 2017.
With the acrid smell of the cigarettes and the physical roughness of the wooden plaque, the brightness of the neon is a stark contrast to the overall elements used. The finished piece is meant to be sarcastic with the word choice because how are cigarettes or the cancer it brings swell? And the blinking of the lights could also be made similar to retailers (who use neon signs) and their struggle to sell cigarettes as the smoking rate hits an all-time low.
The artwork serves as a reminder to others that the only way to see any lightness in the usage of cigarettes is to ignore the smell and the price that comes with it.
Toilet, mannequin, suit, wig, and hat. 2016.
What better way to celebrate Dadaism than by reimagining Duchamp's infamous "Fountain"? With this piece, I focus on the political tension currently felt in Washington, D.C. and the nation as a whole with a red, white, and blue color scheme and the appearance of a mannequin dressed as President Donald Trump. Rather than use a urinal, I use an even more ready made object, a toilet. Duchamp loved to use ready made objects in order to shock others and mock traditional art. With this artwork, I both mock the political election, shock the viewer with an absurd and crass visual, and mimic Duchamp's work.
TV. DVD video edited by Ryan Aleck Hill. 2017.
This interactive installation allows the public to alter Kanye West's image through video. Here, the public is given a myriad of magnets that are able to be attached to an old television. Each of the magnets are shaped like pills, which are meant to nod towards the prescription pills Kanye West takes. With this sculpture, the public is able to understand how their perception of Kanye West, his music, and his music videos is altered by his drug use.
Photograph. Thread. Tweezers. 2017.
This artwork is a mixed media piece inspired by the media's influence on how one should look, dress, and think. This 30"x40" canvas-printed photograph features nude legs with small threads stitched inside. Here, this piece is made interactive as tweezers are provided with the artwork. Just like how the media is able to control a celebrity and their appearance, so too is the viewer of the artwork able to control the photo by taking the tweezers and pulling out the threads.