Pamplemousse. AKA The Grapefruit.
ap· pro· pri· a· tion
the action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.
the artistic practice or technique of reworking images in one’s own work.
I am an appropriation artist, and reclamation is my speciality. Whether it’s ‘derogatory’ terminology, VCR glitches, photographs, old suitcases, wire, coins, coloured glass, or other discarded bits of the real I love to breathe new life into forgotten pieces of flotsam abandoned by an arrogant society who only cares about the latest and greatest. The society where it’s more important to be first over accurate, and everything will be forgotten in days…if not hours.
In this world where everything is built to break, I’ve built myself to last. We start as lumps of white clay, shaped by each hand we pass through. Some of us are delicately sculpted from the beginning, while other are passed from hand to hand and frequently dropped. Those of us carelessly mishandled must learn to salvage, to adapt, to frequently rebuild. My love of appropriation and found materials in both digital and traditional media comes from this background. The things that inspire me the most are the neglected and forgotten scraps of society we call “garbage”.
Many call what I do new media but I prefer the term “digital media”. Art is life, and the Creative Commons is my oasis. It is from here I find the bulk of the elements I use to build my work. Hundreds of layers stacked on top of each other to form a stable raft, something to keep me afloat. And so this is why I dislike it being called new media, as there is nothing new about scavenging materials for survival and piecing together creations to keep yourself alive. That idea is as old as humanity itself.
All imagery I use is either my own, or sourced from the Creative Commons under the correct license. Share, and share alike. All source imagery I use in my work will be kept here with any watermarks intact and regularly updated.
Despite privacy being a right, we have very little of it left in the world we live and maintaining what I can is one of my highest priorities. In an age where typing someone’s name into google gives you their baby photos through present, an alias gives me the freedom to publicly display the most private piece of my life and self.
Video Stills: 2014 — 2016
Phosphenescence — 2015
Phosphenesence is an interactive art piece involving the manipulation of ones visual perception. Using designated sliders and knobs on a midi controller, the user can bend light and colour to create unique visualizations that are virtually impossible to recreate a second time. The name is derived from mechanical phosphene, the imagery that appears behind closed eyes when rubbed. It is a portmanteau of phosphene and evanescence (to disappear), as the imagery is as fleeting as phosphenes themselves. This vast multitude of still captures aim to demonstrate the full visual capability of the patch. This project was made in MaxMSP and is controlled with an APC 40 midi controller.
Rotting Food, Rotting Girl — 2014
This project creates a visual representation of anorexia. Carbon copies of all meals consumed were kept in tinted mason jars for 30 consecutive days, with each jar representing 24 hours and never containing more than 800 calories. The meals were logged, and the total number of calories written on the bottom of each jar. Scrolling text were projected onto the jars.
Starscapes — 2015
Digital Collages — 2009-present
Krugeresque — 2008-present
Traditional Media — 2008-present
Mounted prints are available by contacting me with the piece, estimated size you are looking for, and a zip code for it’s destination to recieve a quote. Framed and matted prints are available in my society6 shop in a variety of sizes and mountings. There are also pillows, mugs, laptop, iPad, and iPhone skins. I am currently accepting commissions. Please contact me using the form below to get started.
Some information has been omitted for privacy reasons. For a full copy of my CV including references please email me
2015 Watkins College of Art Design & Film, Nashville TN (Visiting Semester)
2014-present Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (Creative Technologies)
2012-2014 Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey BC (Fine Arts)
2008 Langara College, Vancouver BC (Fine Arts)
Adobe Premiere Pro
Mac OS X
*nix Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows and Office Suite
2015 ICAT Day, Virginia Tech — Moss Arts Centre, Blacksburg, VA
2015 Opening Reception for the Senior Show, Virginia Tech — Moss Arts Centre, Blacksburg, VA
2014 Halloween Show — XYZ Gallery, Blacksburg, VA
2014 Nature Utopia/Urban Dystopia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University — Arbutus Gallery, Surrey, BC
2014 Under Construction, Arts Council of Surrey – Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC
2013 Total Eclipse of the Semiotics of Love, Arts Council of Surrey – Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC
2014 Pulp Magazine, Summer 2014
2014 Spotlight on the Arts, Cover Feature, February 2014
2013 Pulp Magazine, Fall 2013
2013 Pulp Magazine, Summer 2013
2012 Pulp Magazine, Fall 2012
2014-2015 Virginia Tech Women’s Choir, Blacksburg VA
2014 Artist in Residence representing Kwantlen Art Collective —
Arts Council of Surrey, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey BC
2014-present Multiple Arts Collective, Blacksburg VA
2013-present Kwantlen Art Collective, Surrey BC
2012-2014 Surreyalist Collective, Surrey BC
On display in the KPU Fine Arts Offices
On display in a Virginia Tech Astronomy Office
Private Collection, Vancouver BC
No really. Say anything. Tell me a story, confess a secret, give me feedback, tell me I suck. I don’t care. If it’s in your head, write it and hit send — it’s therapeutic, I promise.