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Frontier 1, 2016

96″ x 24″ x 50″

wood, HDU, steel, lacquer, flocking, chainlink fence


My recent series of sculptures titled <frontiers> is a study of the topography, politics, and ethos of the contemporary American west that began as a response to some of the dangerous rhetoric that surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign. The works in this series explore the landscape through the language of the architectural model; a proposition that examines the potential and consequence of a course of action. Ranging in scale from a small wall-based piece just a few inches across to an eight-foot-tall barrier, these works merge scales of the model with that of reality, suggesting a deeper potential within the everyday. These works present hybrid forms that explore the American west as a new site of conflict – at the center of debates regarding immigration, property rights, water rights, and political boundaries – and as an archetype of the American identity.