The Art of Cultural Idealism
Icons, symbols and objects, established or reinvented permit us to define our relationship with the surroundings in which we are born, live, play, work and die in. They are the means to look intently at reality. In my own work I use them to try and come up with understandings by crossing the borders between popular culture and the moral values embedded in it. . For me, juxtaposing familiar pop art icons against one another helps fortify fascination (and repulsion) with many of the empty idealisms in today’s world.
In this way my canvases become the narrative of us. The icons and objects in my work are part of a larger internalization, also exposing what is evident and unpredictable. The paintings also demonstrate how art is capable of revealing to us the ironies that we are encompassed in.
Even though I explore distinctive themes, the bases for all the work is elaborated with elements, symbols and icons that we recognize consciously or intuitively, recognizable icons of societies and cultures across the globe. They are a chain of popular images that identifies “culture.” Human history is a common story and because of this we share the ability to interpret symbols or elements that represent aspects of life.
My work investigates and explores the human element, its relationship to others and the world around it. My interest in the human and cultural aspects of our lives is the corresponding idea that mirrors my intent as an artist and pictorial detective. By challenging the social norms of American and world cultures, I hope to bring to attention our complex natures, which are not necessarily “stacked” in favor of our humanity . . .