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Artist Statement

Targets, bloodletting, flags of refusal, inhospitable structures, picket fences, blank billboards, buried towns, uprooted neighborhoods, silent radio towers are all part of my exploration of the paranoid strain in vernacular architecture.

The barber pole was originally based on the bloodied and clean bandages twisting in the wind outside Barber-Surgeon’s shops. There, bloodletting was practiced to restore the body’s humors to their proper balance. My recent work reflects on this history.

As John Brown said, “The crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.” And as Abraham Lincoln observed, “Yet the contest proceeds.”