MOmento (2007-08)

Created for a solo in 2008, the images depicted in the works that made up the MOmento project are tragic, violent and, most importantly, famous. These grim images have been overused and manipulated in great part due to their iconic connotations and in their own, distinct way, each of these images represents another blow to the increasingly sullied ideal of the American Dream.

The works’ titles make reference to the images’ roles as part of the pop culture landscape and the nearly abstract way in which they are painted are an attempt to subvert their fame and reconcile the humanity of these seminal, over-mediated moments in contemporary American history.

In these works, they have been reduced to the bare minimum of tone on tone, until they become ghosts of their former selves.