salemartgallery.com The Satanic Temple Salem
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
We've Become What We Parody
July 7–September 19, 2021
Reception: July 10, 6:00-8:00pm
"My artwork involves bending the familiar to create an alternate world that exposes the undercurrents of hypocrisy and violence that persist beneath everyday objects' venire. The works are intended to generate a conflicted response of both horror and humor where the humor may feel guilty or inappropriate.
The works serve as critiques of both ourselves and our culture designed to prompt unsettling questions. What kind of world have we created? What do we value, and what do we want to achieve? How do we suppress thoughts of our eventual demise and the specter of violence that surrounds us? Alienation plays a significant role – not as a subject as one might expect, but rather as an object. Alienation from selves, from others, from our culture and history, from the things we produce, and the things to which we aspire are ultimately what generate ironic humor in the dark landscape.
Aesthetics is essential. Works' appearances are consistent with everyday analogs to heighten the tension between the image and its subject matter. Installations are designed to seem inconspicuous at first glance but disturbing upon closer inspection. My mission is for this sense to carry over to other crass representations that surround us in our daily lives that we have normalized and to which we have become desensitized."