I have long been interested in the intersection of iconic Modern design and postmodern DIY individualism. Taking a vernacular approach by using a practice popularly referred to as “IKEA hacking”, I transform familiar everyday products into sculptural forms layered with historical reference, visual invention, and humorous irony.
For example, my recent FAKTURA project consists of two pieces based on Vladimir Tatlin’s proto-Constructivist Corner Counter-Reliefs from 1914-15, made entirely of altered IKEA materials. Rather than function as reproductions, these works are meant to be understood as interpretations and are guided by the design and material characteristics of mass-produced IKEA products. Preserving the many references to interior utility and domestic scale inherent to furniture and household items, these pieces also retain the fractured, noisy and uncomfortable urgency of Tatlin’s revolutionary works.
My approach to the commission process is to seek ways my work can adapt to a client’s interior space, with specific consideration for their uses, histories, and characteristics. I am particularly interested in designing sculpture for unusual or unconventional spaces, including corners, ceilings, and transitional areas.