"To Be Surprised By What We See..."

I spent the summer of 2016 as an artist-in-residence in Husavik, Iceland. During this period, I began to build sculptural constructions comprised of found materials—floats detached from fishing nets, shards of burnished plastic, lost or abandoned toys, rough-hewn chunks of Styrofoam. I combine these useless, unimportant items (to invoke the definition of the term “flotsam”) in a manner reminiscent of collage, attaching or conjoining them, arranging them side-by-side on shelves, stacking them precariously on platforms. The components of these arrangements retain some trace or residue of their original context so that, when assembled, they are held together and apart at the same time. I do not wish to redeem these found materials. They have their own value. Instead, I choose to leave them intact, to present them, simply, to honor them—as things.