Born: Columbus, OH. Served in Baghdad, Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom III) U.S. Army.
From the artist:
Our veterans’ art needs to be shown because often it is one of the only voices we have when we come home. The military and the media seem to forget about the soldiers when they’ve come home and we need to use some form of media outlet to let the world know what the costs of war truly are.
The series "Re-Deployment" offers viewers a window into a side of war often over looked; life after war. The body of work focuses on my personal experience of returning home from combat.
Thoughts about "Radical Vulnerability:" In the military we’re taught that the strong survive while the weak perish. The idea is that if you show weakness in combat, you show vulnerability to attack. This idea is instilled into military personnel and often soldiers hold on to this sentiment when they’ve returned home from combat. Not showing vulnerability is damaging to soldiers, their families and our society as a whole. In my work, I’ve opened my vulnerable side partly to heal as well as provide access to an experience many veterans share but most people don’t see.
Currently he lives in Chicago, IL where he is finishing his BFA with a concentration in Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.