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Although there is no defined concept behind this series, these ass-backward paintings represent my current love-hate relationship with the art world. Inspired by silent observations formed during critiques and discussions, I attempt to convey my internalized frustration with huge superiority complexes, obnoxiously over-intellectualized art, and really fat egos.

How to Show Emotion” is a short film created for my filmmaking class. This piece was entered into the MECA Film Festival and won “Best Narrative” out of over twenty films and three separate categories. As with all of my work, this piece is open to interpretation. Some have suggested that the character I portray resembles a sociopath, some have sat in disconcertment, and some have outright laughed their ass off. “How to Show Emotion” is a silly, sometimes ugly, but mostly sardonic expression of artmaking and the inherent pretentious attitudes that follow.

Just a few sketches finished in ballpoint pen. 

Plasticism (2013) is a conceptual photo series in which an empty figure partakes in dry, unenlightened tasks. 

Man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him as not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.

– Jean-Paul Sartre (from the essay Existentialism & Humanism)