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Title: Found Monument #20
Description: My work is about desire and its insatiability. The Found Monuments emerged from a fascination with ruins and constructs, the role of icons, and the process of idolization. Contrasting the endless desires of modernity with monuments of antiquity, my works incorporate imagery of classicism, pyramids and piles of stone within newly constructed objects and works. The Found Monuments emerged from a captivation with the Acropolis and Pompeii, their piles of rubble and broken facades. The piles are vestiges caught on the precipice between conception and creation, destruction, and resurrection. Unassembled, they have a wholeness that cannot exist in a realized state. The Found Monuments are created from imagery and “monuments” discovered beneath a Texas highway underpass. The works elevate the mounds of rock and detritus to the status of icons, giving them permanence and value even if, in reality, they no longer exist. The found piles of stone have the same gestalt as the ones at the Acropolis. They capture the moment of conceptualization when the ideal is still visible, the gap between ideation and reality.