My paintings reflect an immersion in childish and superficial environments as a diversion from the feeling of insignificance in an uncontrolled world. A mixture of recycled materials, paint, kitschy glitter, and neon from consumer culture merges with dirt and grittiness. By joining these elements in compositions often brought to the brink of explosion, my work projects an awareness of the tension between triviality and unsettling realities, and of opposites coexisting in a world of chaos. Stripes and patterns providing comfort in their predictability are interrupted. Like material beauty, they attempt to mask difficult truths lying beneath a decorative surface.