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Collection From Canal Street The works in my portfolio are composed from the debris off the sidewalks of Canal Street in Chinatown, New York where the counterfeit designer market thrives off bargain seeking tourists. The collecting took place between September 2007 and February 2010. My initial interest was merely the individual watch links I saw lying on the ground as I would come and go from work. I found there was more going on than just fake Rolexes and began compulsively picking up Coach, Louis Vuitton, keys from the suitcases vendors use, and most anything else shiny off of the dirty sidewalks. I would often pry objects out of the dirty crevices. Each item was like a prize or treasure because of its fallacy. The work refers to jewelry, accessories, purses, and scarves and are made in that language, but lack any such function. I strive to maintain a balance between my own creative impulses while revealing the essence of each object.
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