I have developed a "pharma-pointillist" technique in my most recent works, in which I build up an image out of pill-shaped dots. Each pill shape is matched with the color of its branding and is infused with the specific pharmaceutical in question, such as ADHD medicine, antidepressants, birth control, erectile dysfunction pills, and opioids, injecting the painting with color and actual psychotropic drugs. To heighten the chemical nature of these works, I am primarily using synthetic surfaces such as polyester canvas, Tyvek, and Kevlar ballistic fabric, the latter of which adds another layer of violence to the work.


I'm interested in the relationship between the parallel development in Western Modernism of abstract forms of art and synthetic pharmaceutical and pigment production in the late 1800s. I use source images from contemporary advertising that are remarkably evocative of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting. These images allow me to explore how representation, abstraction, and chemical materiality infuse bodies and cultural narratives.
Copse In The Head (Red)
2022
Albuterol, Aricept, Aspirin, Benadryl, Benzonatate, Cardizem, Cefuroxinine Axetil, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Cyclobenzaprine, Darvocet, Digoxin, Eliquis, Fludrocortisone Acetate, Gabapentin, Imodium, Jolessa, Lamisil, Lamotrigine, Levotabs, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizine Hydrochloride, Minoxidil, Mirapex, Naproxen Sodium, Oxycontin, Pantoprazole, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Tramadol, Viagra, Valsartan, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on polyester canvas stretched over custom PVC strainer
36" x 24"
Copse In The Head (Red) (detail)
2022
Albuterol, Aricept, Aspirin, Benadryl, Benzonatate, Cardizem, Cefuroxinine Axetil, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Cyclobenzaprine, Darvocet, Digoxin, Eliquis, Fludrocortisone Acetate, Gabapentin, Imodium, Jolessa, Lamisil, Lamotrigine, Levotabs, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizine Hydrochloride, Minoxidil, Mirapex, Naproxen Sodium, Oxycontin, Pantoprazole, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Tramadol, Viagra, Valsartan, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on polyester canvas stretched over custom PVC strainer
36" x 24"
Copse In The Head (Red) (detail)
2022
Albuterol, Aricept, Aspirin, Benadryl, Benzonatate, Cardizem, Cefuroxinine Axetil, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Cyclobenzaprine, Darvocet, Digoxin, Eliquis, Fludrocortisone Acetate, Gabapentin, Imodium, Jolessa, Lamisil, Lamotrigine, Levotabs, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizine Hydrochloride, Minoxidil, Mirapex, Naproxen Sodium, Oxycontin, Pantoprazole, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Tramadol, Viagra, Valsartan, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on polyester canvas stretched over custom PVC strainer
36" x 24"
Woman With Parasol (Abilify)
2021
Aricept, Aspirin, Claritin, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizin Hydrochloride, Oxycontin, Pantaprazole, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on polyester canvas stretched over custom PVC strainer
36” x 24.5”
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (study)
2022
Albuterol, Aspirin, Cardizem, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Digoxin, Jolessa, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizin Hydrochloride, Miralax, Naltrexone, Oxycontin, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Tramadol, Xanax, Viagra, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acrylic, and pigment on polyester canvas over custom PVC strainer
36” x 24.5”
Abstraction and Empathy
2022
Albuterol, Aspirin, Cardizem, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Digoxin, Jolessa, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizin Hydrochloride, Miralax, Naltrexone, Oxycontin, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Tramadol, Xanax, Viagra, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acrylic, and pigment on polyester canvas over custom PVC strainer
72” x 56”
Copse In The Head (Blue)
2022
Aricept, Aspirin, Benedryl, Cardizem, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Darvocet, Gabapentin, Lamotrigine, Levotabs, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizine Hydrochloride, Oxycontin, Pantoprazole, Rozerem, Saphris, Tramadol, Viagra, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on polyester canvas stretched over custom PVC strainer
36" x 24"
Picnic In The Grass (Latuda)
2021
Aspirin, Cardizem, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Jolessa, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Mirapex, Naltrexone, Nasonex, Oxycontin, Rozerem, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Xanax, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acrylic, and pigment on canvas
30” x 40”
Studio installation view
2021
(L-R) The Umbrella Is A Symbol Relating To Depression In All Meanings of The Word, High Noon, and Half Life Half Death (study), all installed over Tyvek painted with acrylic and pharmaceuticals
9' x 16'
The History of Algorithmic Colonialism (Bicameral Diptych)
2021
Bupropion, Jolessa, Naltrexone, Oxycontin, Strattera, Viagra, alcohol, oil, and acrylic on two synthetic polyester canvases
40” x 60”
The Umbrella Is A Symbol Relating To Depression In All Meanings of The Word
2021
Aricept, Aspirin, Claritin, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Meclizin Hydrochloride, Oxycontin, Pantaprazole, Xanax, Zoloft, and acrylic on Kevlar ballistic fabric
36” x 17”
Further Observations On The Appearances Of Nature, At Different Times
2021
Aspirin, Cardizem, Cephalex, Ciprofloxacin, Claritin, Jolessa, Lamotrigine, Lunesta, Luvox, Mirapex, Naltrexone, Nasonex, Oxycontin, Rozerem, Saphris, Strattera, Sudafed, Tofranil, Toprol, Xanax, Roundup weed killer, Red Bull, Monster energy drink, bleach, vinegar, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acrylic, and pigment on Kevlar ballistic fabric
17” x 36”
Abstract Depressionism
2021
Jolessa, Luvox, Miralax, Naltrexone, Oxycontin, Strattera, Sudafed, Viagra, Zoloft, iodine povidone, ethyl alcohol, acrylic, oil, and pigment on canvas
66.5” x 37.5”