My work, relying on the simultaneously-felt sensations of meditation, melancholy, and horror, explores man’s struggle with existential dread. It serves as much as an exorcism of my own phantoms as it is an attempt to materially translate the feeling for recognition by fellow travelers. By combining traditionally serene, beautiful, otherworldly environments with the absurd or macabre, I seek to recreate the internal experience of quiet resignation in the face of unending struggle. Whereas the Myth of Sisyphus champions the honorable effort of man against meaninglessness, these pieces document surrender and malaise as equally human and understandable reactions to the void, and conceive life as the endlessly iterated ebb and flow between these two instinctual extremes.