The fundamental drive for me making art is satisfying a subjective need to create and match that with some actual (statistical/provable) "reality." I research my topics extensively, almost to the point of absurdum for each project.
I'm interested in eliciting a reaction, a reaction where the viewer isn't quite sure what their response is, or ought to be. The perfect result for me is when the viewer goes beyond the work itself, and it becomes a starting point for a dialogue rather than an instructive object. I don't believe that art is in the business of changing people's minds directly; I think it's more subtle than that. We are cunning as an artist, in that we are merely informing or exposing the viewer to something that is hopefully unfamiliar, knowledge and familiarity breeds empathy, and empathy itself breeds change. In a world that cannot escape commodity, the very least I can do is attempt to create something that tries to defy and visually exemplifies the notion. I am fully aware that I can only demonstrate this conceptually, not challenge it in any way, as in all art exists within the paradigm and dominance of superstructure.
The material I chose is primarily based on my concept, the advantageous availability, but always with the notion of recyclability. I enjoy the readymade repetition and disposable (hopefully recyclable) nature of my material. I am, as my conceptual modes evolve, appreciative of the malleability, and always changing. To avoid commodification, the work’s and material as well, must, in some way, represent this defiance.