Glory is a memory that seeks resuscitation through the iconography of the past. In my work the syntax of nostalgia coexists with a halted present.
Ornate saddlery, graphics from industrial age sheet music covers, and American Chippendale Rococo furniture are my aesthetic sources. Since their initial appearance and their mass production ever since, such Americana has served to glorify the expedited prime of their cultural moment.
The grand apocalyptic narratives of triumph and loss portrayed in epic literature have also served as a guide for my depiction of the rapturous decline of the west.
I mine the government databases of California for digital stills from national park service and traffic webcams. These images are embedded into paper mache forms, also derived from industrial era 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.