Artist Statement - Collective Behavior

As humans we often emphasize our uniqueness and individuality. Beneath these independent identities, however, all humans harbor a deep, intrinsic need to be part of a group. A group provides security and comfort, but it can also become its own entity where mob mentality overrides individual thought. As an artist, I am fascinated with human collective behavior and how it inevitably leads to hierarchical systems, social divisions and manipulative power. My current body of work examines different aspects of collective behavior through drawing, installation, and painting.