Artifacts collects personal remnants to show a human experience through sedimentary layers. This series works to re-contextualize material conversations inward around our relationship to everyday objects and material excesses. Every item shown in these acrylic boxes has been dismantled methodically by myself to fit inside (torn screen mesh, ripped printed material, old shirts, collected saw dust from woodworking, electrical tubing, etc). Since I was a child, I have had a fascination with dissecting mundane objects, often breaking my own toys open to see what was inside of them. This act of dismantling continues to expand my knowledge about how things connect and work together, while more abstractly allowing me to free myself from material powers and boundaries.
Artifacts is also in some ways a critique of art collecting within galleries and museums. When one collects an artist's work, they are collecting an artist's life experience. So in a tongue and cheek nod, that is exactly what one would collect with these artifacts.