My art is about how we process memory. My interest is in resurrecting the faded memories of people from our past as a homage to the untold stories.
An old friend we haven’t heard from in decades, a grade school teacher, even a singular conversation with a stranger on a subway can be powerful influences. To illustrate this experience, I've created an interactive installation that uses human senses to trigger emotional experiences connected to the past.
Right out of college I took a job as the head mental health counselor of a locked psychiatric unit in Boston where I was responsible for hundreds of patient over a 2 year period and one crucial aspect that struck me was the incredible untold stories of these unknown lives that would only be buried in that institution. So as an artist I felt compelled to tell these stories.
My paintings on wood are placed into enclosed plexiglass containers filled with seawater that dissolves the paintings into pulp over a period of months. Attached to the container is an iPod filled with snippets of recorded conversation and music representative of the subject. Also attached to the container is a box filled with a scent from the subject’s life, such as musty books, tobacco or a specific brand of gum.
As in real life our visual memories of even the most important people from our past fade, my portraits also disappear. We are left with only the scents and sounds which serve as powerful memory triggers to remind us of that person’s existence and influence.
When we come across those senses in the real world we are transported into that specific memory bringing that person back to life even for just a moment. It's essentially a homage building a connection to the past. There’s importance in never forgetting.
2022 Installation of John Trudell Native activist O'Hanlon Art Center, Mill Valley, CA
2022 Digital Group Show O'Hanlon Art Center, Mill Valley, CA
2022 Group Show, San Francisco Art Fair, Fort Mason Art Center SF
2022 Group Show O'Hanlon Gallery Mill Valley, CA
2021 Group Show, BG Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2020 Group Show MVVO Art Show New York City,
2020 Group Show San Francisco San Francisco Art Fair
2019 Group Show New York City, Digital MVVO Art Show
2019 Group Show, Los Angeles Art Show at LA Convention Center
2019 Accepted, RAW Art Show, San Francisco
2018 Group Show, Sotheby's NYC MVVO Art Show
2018 Accepted, stARTup Art Fair San Francisco, CA
2018 Group Show, BG Art Gallery, Oval,
2017 Accepted, Saatchi The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn
2017 Solo Show, Wine Kitchen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Solo Show, First Person Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Solo Show, Small Stories, Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, CA
2015 Group Show Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
Solo Show, Spring Street Studios, New York, NY
Group Show, Dutfield Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show The Copley Society, Boston, MA
Publication, Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 18 .