“The most fascinating (and also very frustrating) thing about the way I make my work is that creating an artwork has to be done in a mindset of experimentation, discovery, and play.”
Who are you? What do you do?
I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Art. I am currently living and working in Utah and I am developing my careers in both art and design. Outside of art, I love writing bad poetry, spending time with my family, traveling, and going on long walks (but only during the spring and summer). Two of my biggest goals this year are continuing to study and improve my German and Japanese language skills.
Where are you from?
Your style in 3 words?
Heavily manipulated reality
Your weakness? Your strength?
My weakness is Hawaiian sweet rolls. My strength is sarcasm.
What makes you different?
I like to eat lemons and limes like oranges.
When did you decide to become an artist?
It wasn’t really a conscious decision. When the time came for me to choose a major in school, art was the one that just felt right to me. I trust my intuition heavily because in the times that I haven’t, I usually end up regretting it. I definitely don’t regret studying art and deciding to become an artist.
What do you find most fascinating about your work?
The most fascinating (and also very frustrating) thing about the way I make my work is that creating an artwork has to be done in a mindset of experimentation, discovery, and play. I can’t logically plan compositions or ideas and try to work those ideas to completion because my work then becomes unnatural and awfully contrived. I’ve learned to not really care about the things I make (and care more about what I discover as I make them). The pieces in which I do this usually end up being more conceptually and stylistically cohesive on their own.
A few words about your favourite creation?
I never fail to be surprised that I was able to make something like that every time I look at it.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
I love the work of artist Pam Steenwijk, and I am continually blown away by their work
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
I think it’d be cool to work with Rick Silva. I had a studio critique with him once and I was very interested in the way he makes his work as well as the concepts he uses in his work, which I feel overlap with mine in many ways.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
A few weeks ago I went on a walk around my neighborhood. Many people park their cars on the streets where I live because parking lots are scarce in the area. As I was walking I started noticing odd collections of things that people keep in the back seats of their cars—one car I found had a pile of about twenty large board games piled haphazardly in the back seat. I had such an odd sense of personality from the person who owned that car that I’d like to start documenting the things I see in strangers’ cars.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
My sense of purpose in life
2019: Where are we going?
To the beach at some point. I NEED to see the ocean at least once a year.
When the going gets tough…
I play lots of solitaire.
Your city’s favourite spots?
The pathway by the river where I’m attempting to practice skateboarding, Pop ‘n Sweets (the soda shop where they sell soda and candy from around the world), the Asian Market downtown, the swing set of the elementary school across the street
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
Half of the world will be submerged in water from the melted polar ice caps and all the rich people will be living on Mars.
What would you do if you could change the World?
I’d slow down the advancement of technology and tell people to just chill out for like 15 years at the very least and go plant a flower or something nice.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
It’s expanding into different dimensions and alternate universes.
Tell us about your future plans…
Save some money, Buy some plants, Adopt a dog, Take a trip to Japan, Move to California, Make some art, Visit the beach every day for the rest of my life (the order and timeline of this plan is negotiable)
Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
Currently my favorite song is „Dance Yrself Clean“ by LCD Soundsystem
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
All of them at once? Just as long as the gold is white gold. I don’t have the patience for yellow or rose gold.