Artist Statement

In this body of work, Fun House, I’m forcing a few ideas together into a kind of collision. This work relies on my understanding of architecture, that is, that it is our built environment, it is an extension of our behavior, and it provides way for us to deal with both the natural world and each other.  It is our way of trying to bring order to the chaos, and a way to help us better survive.  Our built structures and places are tailored to serve very specific functions and purposes, such as the safety of our homes, the organized places we require for work, or the complexes we need for recreation. 

One of the ideas I’m exploring is what happens when our intended boundaries and distinctions between types of architecture, and the ones we erect against nature, are removed.  There is a kind of confusion and disruption that replaces the orderly and expected.  This is like the experience of the fun house found in amusement parks.  It’s a sort of topsy-turvy version of the familiar house.  This mash up of juxtaposing residential homes with amusement park icons (Ferris Wheels, roller coasters, carousels) is intended as a visual metaphor for this concept.

In collaging these worlds together, it is of course not just the physical structures that are overlaid, but also the memories, emotions, and connections associated with each of them that are entangled as well. The use of this mixed iconography comments on our psychology and the fragmentation found in our typical daily lives. I hope to provoke a re-evaluation of our assumptions about the world and how we chose to live in it.