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Synthetic thought-systems work to organize experience into a manageable understanding of the world. These systems gather information differently- science seeks an ontological understanding through objective information-gathering, for example, while a spiritual, religious, or intuitive system depends entirely on phenomenological/experiential evidence. At their core, these are both highly structured frameworks used to create meaning from perceptions- both working under the premise that truth is both existent and attainable within the context of their system. The separation between fact and experience is viewed as necessary in the knowledge/ experience-gathering process, but when that information is accumulated neither system has the ability to access or communicate truth in its entirety. I believe that art has the ability to melt duality and create objects embodying these incommunicable or blended knowledges. This makes it an ideal medium in which to explore the relationship between personal (phenomenological) and scientific (empirical/ontological) learning, while using the methods of these systems to make objects which record the outcome of using the system itself. 

This starting point has unfolded into many interconnected bodies of work. In "Compressions", I simulate the failure of a desire to make three-dimensional organisms readable, conveyable, archivable- in other words, for the thing to become a document and for the organizing power of ordered thought to make that document readable. In “Typologies”, I document, study, and create models of religious spaces, seeking to draw connections between bodies, landscapes, and power-systems within the architectures of different faiths. In “Swarms” I paint or film masses of organisms behaving as a single group, exhibiting behaviors outside the ability of the individual organism- effectively erasing the individual and placing it within a network of incommunicable collective knowledge. In "Investigations" I experiment with ideas of personal knowledge and its limitations, personal ritual and its idiosyncrasies.

 

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