Trashy Selfies, 2017 - Ongoing
In this series the artist uses a humorous angle to question our relationships with the internet and social media as well as the audience and their relationship with art. Trashy selfies explores the "art selfie" in a way that simultaneously pokes fun at the importance of artwork and the constant demand for new content that is readily shareable. In this new economy of art, how long will it be before all that is left to share is the waste of consumerism?
This series was started about 1 year ago in Shanghai, China. While living there, I was overwhelmed with inspiration from being constantly surrounded by not only a hyper-consumerist culture, but also a feeling that art is more and more becoming the backdrop for our own personal stories. What happens when art is no longer personal enough to include in our personal story, I thought. Shanghai was an excellent place to start this series because of the abundance of construction and other kinds of trash due to the level of consumption in the city. You could always find a good spot! Now, in Los Angeles, I find myself driving around with some extra "trashy props" in the back of my car to be able to dress the sets that I find appealing to shoot in.