In my work, glory is a memory that seeks resuscitation through the iconography of the past. The syntax of nostalgia is heavily present.
Ornate western saddlery, graphics from industrial age sheet music covers, and American Chippendale Rococo furniture are my aesthetic sources. Since their initial appearrance during the industrial era and their mass production ever since, such Americana has served to glorify the expedited prime of their cultural moment.
Epic literature informs my work as well. These grand apocalyptic narratives of triumph and loss have influenced my framing of the larger and equally romantic epic of the rapturous decline of the west.
I mine government databases of states which regularly served as film sets for classic westerns; Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Digital stills from national park service, and traffic webcams are embedded into paper mache forms derived from the aforementioned motifs to appear as petrified moments discovered by a culture in the distant future. I think of these geode-like forms as ghost towns where loss permanently dwells.