I treasure an array of expendable materials found in domestic spaces, like plastic packaging, single-use supplies, laundry lint, food waste, and accumulations of human hair and fingernails.
Collecting consumed objects from my apartment and city streets, I construct photographic still-lifes to explore the infinitely varied roles, forms, placements, uses and colors of banal, often ephemeral, sometimes grotesque, and occasionally magical, humdrum substances. The act of collecting gives my material a new story; elevated and fragmented within the photographic frame, my prized possessions gain new meaning beyond the politics of trash.
Artifacts, once mundane and grotesque, mutate into unique and priceless relics that carry testimony to marvel. The mysteries of these items speak to the self-referential, fetishistic impulse to collect, an impulse unfettered by sentimentality or gaps in perception. There is tension between what is known of the objects and what a collector wishes to reveal. By pairing the collection of ephemeral materials with the creative process, the artist-collector re-invents the mundane and sometimes repulsive aspects of refuse through a series of poetic exchanges.