I see my artistic process as being involved with a type of recycling, specifically the reuse of Styrofoam packaging materials to create art. By framing the object in a new way, the artist can challenge viewers to rethink the value of everyday objects and encourage them to find aesthetic pleasure in the most seemingly mundane places. In my own work, the recycling of industrial and consumer by-products has led to two distinct avenues of exploration.
One is the search for something inherently artistic in industrial waste materials, and the other is the creation of a wholly new aesthetic value out of the formal elements present within this waste. This last involves a kind of rearranging and refining of the existing formal elements to create a new gestalt. In my work with Styrofoam I try to find something concealed in it. Its only value is conferred to it by the market value of the product it protects. That value is lost as soon as the product it protects is removed. The depreciation is astronomical from a consumer-commodity standpoint, but I think there is still something valuable in it, that the packaging has value as an object itself. By a simple reframing of a common, expendable material like Styrofoam, the artist can encourage a examination of objects around us. Like many artists that have gone before, I can benefit from reusing recycled objects and materials, taking whatever medium I can find to create works of art. I choose to recycle or reinterpret not only for reflection on environmental issues, but also for fun, play, and ultimately art.