My art focuses on American institutions. I make works which explore the dynamics, materials, and histories of institutions and disciplinary structures: prisons and schools become entry points to broader conversations about power, censorship, race, class, and masculinity.
Research into the justice system, specifically the federal prison system and the prison-industrial complex, serves as a foundation for works that question the national narrative and the functions of America’s institutions. Using archival material, sculpture, photography, video, and installation, I reconfigure institutional signifiers and artifacts to suggest new ways of understanding social control.
I disrupt and co-opt actual institutional channels, procedures, and spaces, engaging directly with federal agencies and institutions; the US Department of Justice and the US Bureau of Prisons in particular. The trail of official paperwork and correspondence resulting from these bureaucratic interventions becomes integral to the work as a documentation of its impacting non-art systems.
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