POPJCT /päpjekt/ (noun): An object critical of contemporary culture's compulsion to objectify and idolize the self and its distinctiveness.
POPJCTs reflect my development as an artist. They epitomize a journey of exploration which began with abstract sculpture, transitioned to utilitarian forms, and has arrived at body of work which invokes the everyday – the functional, the found, the ordinary – only to subvert it through individualization, through queering. POPJCT - what is born from in the interaction of the tactile and the fragile, of the useful and the absurd.
In developing this body of work, I found that I could create objects that solicit tactile interaction and satisfy physical touch, and at the same time elicit questioning and engender uncertainty. These experiences are contingent upon interaction between the object and the individual: they reject norms of instantaneous consumption and immediate disposability, and expect contemplation and connectivity. POPJCTs make use of the everyday – shapes that are familiar and register as practical – while undermining that comfort with inflected forms, unexpected surfaces, and insecure grasps. As the presence of these revealing interactions has become more evident to me, I am becoming more attuned to the role of space in the interactions POPJCTs embody – the environment in which one’s life and moment intersect with an object in large part determines the potency of the interaction, and expressivity of the object. The next stage of my work is to develop spaces that project POPJCTs into interactive sculptures and installations.