Currently I am rediscovering the Western Classics I studied years ago in art history. There is something ageless about their content, which often brims with beauty, heroism, mortality, and sexuality. These are all qualities we can relate to; however, they often lack humor which is a vital component of modern society. Can I make work that utilizes the classical motifs of mythology and early Renaissance while making them relevant in modern culture? That is my goal.
1994-1996 was an exciting time to attend Columbia because the Visual Arts MFA program was in it's rebirth. The atmosphere was very intimate, exciting, and intense. We were a small class of students; there was no previous class, no precedents, and the rules were just being established.
Great Columbia experiences for me were the incredible roster of visiting artists who gave lectures and made studio visits. We had large private studios in Prentis and Watson Hall. I loved working late nights at Prentis and visiting fellow students' studios and talking about art. I enjoyed taking classes outside the department, especially in the Art History and Film departments. The exposure to great teachers made me challenge my work and myself.
All things considered, attending Columbia's MFA program was very beneficial for me. It allowed me the opportunity to move to New York City into a community of people with similar interests. I made many close friends with whom I still keep in touch.