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 or not — 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. I have completely foregone the use of a smartphone in the hopes of preserving a balance in my extensive digital life and my analog one. It’s not as hard as you’re imagining right now.
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.
Rooted – 2016
Rooted was an airbrushed body painting piece with a dual focus: Finding a balance between putting down permanent roots while still maintaining a transient bohemian identity. Having a “home base” but still always moving, never stagnating.
Click here to view Rooted, as this content contains nudity and may not be suitable for young viewers.
I don’t really care if it’s “work safe” or not. You’re being paid to be at work, not be on your phone so if you get fired because you have inappropriate content on your phone that’s just a form of employment Darwinism isn’t it 😉
C4 – 2016
16×52″ cold cathode on melamine
Holding ourselves upright is a skill that we put no thought into, but is actually a large feat when you consider everything that goes into the process. Good posture is one of the most essential parts in maintaining your ability to stay upright, but the health of your spine is not considered until there are problems with it or damage to it. While the cervical spine is built for flexibility, the thoracic spine is the piece we rely on for stability. As both are of equal importance of life, both are displayed here.
Much like a human being, cold cathodes have a limited lifespan. They clock in at 30,000 hours, or just under 3 and a half years. In a similar fashion to us, they slowly die…dimming a bit each time they’re used, not very noticeable at first but over time or when you haven’t seen them for awhile you say “hey…didn’t you used to be brighter?”. The lights will eventually die a slow and undignified death of being “on” but “barely there”.
The choice of cold cathodes in this piece comes from my love of forgotten materials and abandoned mediums. Cold cathode lights are an extremely under-utilised light source that surged to popularity in the early 2000s primarily as an alternative to neon inside of computer cases for their ability to produce significantly less heat and sound. This made them ideal to show off the expensive parts and neat wiring inside of ones hand built computer while not complicating the cooling situation inside. This form of self expression continues today mainly in the form of LEDs, and cold cathodes have been greatly abandoned.
In homage to the computer culture I’ve appropriated the medium from the surface is a clean, high gloss white and the design and wiring of the piece was kept as neat and precise as possible. The installation space was chosen intentionally to appear as though an abstracted human figure was laying down.
The Selfie Project — 2015
This was a study of narcissism vs. security. Giving no verifiable information about myself, I set out to collect selfies and personal data from as many people as possible. The guise was an innocent sounding project. The actual purpose was to prove that people have literally no regard for their security, as long as they get to show themselves off in the process.
Video Stills — 2014 — 2016
This is an assortment of stills from various videos I’ve done over the past few years. I have a penchant for vibrant colours, VCR glitches, and pieces of code. The videos themselves are an exercise in relaxation, and the stills are the desired end result. I find it to be a more dynamic alternative to always working in Photoshop.
Phosphenescence — 2015 ICAT Day
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-present
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
2014-present Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (Creative Technologies)
2015 Watkins College of Art Design & Film, Nashville TN (Visiting Semester – Sculpture)
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 the Virginia Tech Astronomy Offices
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.