As an artist and social activist, the purpose of my work is to create haunting, sometimes dark but always memorable sculptures symbolic of injustices to humanity within our society. My goal is to create a deeply visceral disturbance in the soul that calls out for help. Recently I embarked on my most ambitious, personal and controversial project with the creation of the Opioid Spoon, an eight hundred pound, ten foot metal replication of a simple household utensil modified for use as a tool to snort and inhale opioids. I crafted the Spoon in honor of the struggles of both my family and the thousands of families who have lost loved ones to this horrific crisis. We dropped the Opioid Spoon in front of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and it has since become a national symbol of drug activism.
Drafting and designing sculptures out of metals is a passion that fits my need to combine
engineering accuracy with artistic creativity and I find the technical aspect of my art almost as stimulating as the emotional and aesthetic intent. The process I employ marries older sculpturing methods such as blacksmithing, iron working and sand casting with modern day industrial design utilizing computer-aided design (CAD). Metal is such a versatile material to work with; I can use heat, pressure or even a simple hammer, and coax metals into almost any shape. The sense of pleasure and accomplishment I get from finishing one of my sculptures is immeasurable, the burnt fingertips, the perpetually dirty hands, cuts and bruises, all culminating in this final piece of art.
The artistic objective of my work is to expose injustice but the inspiration comes from many facets of my life, cultural experiences and travels. Earlier works draw from my interest in Asian culture and its architecture that embody peace and tranquility. Today, the disparate and thought-provoking combination of calm and tragedy are reflected in my sculptures.