Imitation as a form of learning and dialogue is a central line of inquiry in my practice, often leading me into studio spaces of artists in varying stages of their careers. As a result, my current body of work cannot be defined by its medium, material, or supposed aesthetic, as my work is mostly reliant on another’s practice during these studies. Besides touching on the topics around authenticity, my work attempts to understand the artist’s own formulations of identity in their practice and as an individual in the current over-saturation and proliferation of images and information. Unlike previous appropriative artists such as Elaine Sturtevant and Richard Pettibone who observed their subjects from a distance, my practice often takes place in the studio alongside the artist, creating an intimate in-depth study of the artist, the individual, and their practice, often resulting in reciprocal learning due to the works self reflective nature onto the participating artist.

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