Doc from Ria

An artist statement is a piece of writing by you <> the artist,  that helps the audience access or understand your artistic work.

It is a not-too-long series of sentences that describe what you make and why you make it. It’s a stand-in for you, the artist, talking to someone about your work in a way that adds to their experience of viewing that work.

Here are a few things an artist statement is not: a manifesto, an art history lecture, a story about discovering art, short fiction, self-psychoanalysis, a string of adjectives, a grand theory of everything you’ve ever made, or a list of your career accomplishments.

Creative Motivations

  • Immediacy
  • Utility
  • Re-use
  • Comical
  • Fun
  • Refined


“Do you have an artist bio?” Sort of, it’s a bunch of words I’ve written in a storm.

My creative motivations are centered around immediacy, utility, re-use, aesthetic comedy, joy. I work in parallel, circling around problems until the orbit becomes small enough I know I’ve arrived.

I work with structural materials, wood, metal, brackets, LEDs. All things I’ve picked up thanks to a bit of curiosity and the internet.

I lived in Seattle for 5 years, and regularly spent time at the Courts, DIY skatepark in Capitol Hill in Seattle. I gained the nickname “Courts Carpenter” one summer because I showed up regularly to sweep, fix broken ramps, and toss out trash.

I currently live at and attend Mars College, an off-grid pop-up college in the Sonoran desert next to the town of Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea. Current projects are centered around trains, wood, clay, and scorpions.