I am an Army Combat Veteran who now claims my voice as an artist. My art is a form of activism that gives a voice to the voiceless. I create work rooted deeply in meaning and purpose—that of an investigation into corruption in the military. I build a dialogue with myself and bring the viewer in by revealing themes of sexual assault, suicide, homicide, betrayal, loyalty, coverups, and the ultimate sacrifice.
Through painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art, I deconstruct the emotional, physical, psychological, and sexual lives of the United States military Servicemember. These varied and diverse contexts of the work have an impact on its relationship to the viewer. I intentionally utilize elements from the American flag revealing its dichotomous responsibility to protect and, in my experience, to obscure. I juxtapose stereotypical masculine elements like hardware, wood, metal, plaster, camouflage fabric, and torn, destroyed materials combined with shades of pink and vulnerable, gestural strokes of paint. I capture the essence of the feminine and use delicate, domestic cheesecloth as a sort of death shroud.
I am interested in the intersection of art, war, and betrayal. 75% of military service members died in noncombat incidents. 90% of those deaths occur on U.S soil. American families are devasted by the deaths of the boy and girl next door who wear the military uniform. These suspicious deaths mostly go unsolved or are labeled as suicides. They never receive the honor or justice they deserve. Please join me in this experience.