My work navigates and comments on the historical space of post-war America as interpreted through the depiction of instantly recognizable period objects. These images possess a stylistic look bound to a specific place in history, a time in our collective American past that made us who we are today. It is these glimpses of the everyday- the shape of a chrome bumper, the stylized design of kitchen objects and period fashion, or the random positioning of figures in snapshots taken by amateur photographers, that remain connections to real people and speak to a collective national identity. In many ways they are icons; instantly recognized representations of the decade’s ideological connotations. I am actively exploring this ideology as both American history and pedigree. I often feel as if I have mysterious memories of this period decades before my birth, an era which I can only possibly experience through visual relics of the past. How can this be and what will the visual culture of the present say to those in the future?
The process of making archival images into re-contextualized artworks becomes a means to explore the past and its implications for the present. I am drawn to these images for the multiple ways that they communicate across the span of decades. They have the ability to elicit a wide range of viewer responses, from feelings of nostalgia and longing for lost times to feelings of repression and skepticism. As art objects, the are accessible to nearly everyone and at first glance often appear superficial, but are simultaneously profound in the ideas they explore and the process by which they are made. The action of slowly remaking photographic source material into an artwork compels the viewer to reconsider what is depicted and search for its inherent meaning. The iconic object is given new life in a new context to comment on the ever changing American identity.