I grew up in the valley of Central Wisconsin, in an area straddling a post-industrial world and seemingly untamed wilderness. The harsh winters of the Upper Midwest, the liturgical display of seasons, and the economic and social decay of the region fostered my interest in survivalism and post-apocalyptic imagery.
I create in the framework of an idea I call Apocalyptic Nostalgia. I defined it as: The comforting and painful longing for the past and a destructive future, both as a means of understanding as well as coping with the present. My artwork converges both the realities of nostalgic, comforting materials, with harsh, apocalyptic, and yet to happen sensibilities. My artwork blurs the lines between fiction and reality. It offers a setting for the viewer’s suspensions of disbelief, with the goal of intrinsic thought and meditation. The work straddles the real and the unreal as it pretends to exist and come out of a post-apocalyptic world.
Apocalyptic Nostalgia relates or depicts the natural world and/or human experience in it. It is concerned deeply in paradoxes, with ideas such as survival, human endeavor, camaraderie, identity, individualism, community, vastness, intimacy, longing, rest, contentment, loss, safety, danger, hope, hopelessness, future, past, myth, reality, sacred, secular, longevity and destruction.