Artist Statement

FOMO Primordial Soup, detail, 2018

FOMO Primordial Soup, detail, 2018

 
 

The overarching goal of my work is to anthropologically observe and document pop cultural zeitgeists that reveal how we as a society utilize, reject, and abuse one of the greatest tools of our generation, the Internet.

The FOMO series is characterized by abstract paintings that describe the Fear Of Missing Out, a contemporary phenomenon associated with a mental state of dysphoria triggered when engaging with social media. These paintings meditate on a frantic psyche and consider portraiture through the viewpoint of a smartphone gazing out towards its unsuspecting user. Hyper-saturated colors are sourced directly from consumer culture and advertisements. Repeating ovoid forms abstractly allude to eyes or a mask and ambiguously refer to selfie culture and emojis.

Through this body of work I focus on translating observable patterns of behavior and attempt to describe a failure to cast off the physicality of human nature in a virtual realm.