During a time in our society where social withdrawal is facilitated by the ability to communicate through the internet, I am interested in making intimate portraits of Americans who continue to come together in congregation. “Volunteers” depicts a group of men and women who primarily define themselves by their service to their community, rather than their career goals or curated exploits documented online.
The algorithms that shape much of our worldview promote and reward well-framed depictions of exceptional happiness and beauty. On the contrary, my work is focused on objective, hyper-realistic depictions of familiar people. I hope to create art that highlights my subject’s inherent beauty and imperfections without allowing them to curate their image.