I explore the emotional and existential experience of repetition in our daily tasks and in the mediated ways we participate in culture, from television watching to gaming to flipping through magazines. Working in a combination of digital and handmade media, I use the conceptual strategies of accumulation, collection, appropriation and remix to reveal the capacity of these tasks/pleasures to be either monotonous, frenzied or meditative.
I can't ever really know if such a thing as human nature exists, but I find meaning in the proposition that the search for meaning is our primary drive. It's the articulation of a world view that gives me the faith to keep going when I experience the void.
So I look to the shared places in our culture for evidence of this, and I see it all around us, especially in the grossness of our consumer culture. But every place that something manufactured exists, there also exists authenticity. The idiosyncratic way we pick and choose from the overwhelming mass of products and images reveals the authenticity of our cultural experiences. Whether looking at art in a gallery or watching the season finale of a favorite show, we are cultural participants. We are producers, as well as consumers, champions as well as critics.
Our participation in mass-media culture reveals the holes we have inside. And as much as it can contribute to those holes, it also contributes to filling them in a satisfying way. Culture, in general, whether high or low, can be seen as both the cause and the antidote to our existential emptiness. Facing that paradox, rather than turning away, is a spiritual act.