I explore the qualities of maintenance and art through a pragmatic aesthetic, which places art as part of rather than a reflection of the everyday. The pragmatic aesthetic refers to the intrinsic and evolving appearance of things, objects, and structures found in our environments, appearances that are inherently dynamic due to the passage of time. I am fascinated by the appearance of things created by abandoned attention and by the maintenance performed in an attempt to reverse deterioration.
To perform maintenance as art is an act of creation which exposes the inherent beauty of the orchestrated movements of human resources and tools/materials that are required to get the job done – acts of cleaning, repairing, constructing, picking up, clearing, etc., and the results thereof. These acts are done in response to gradual and unrelenting entropic forces working in natural opposition to the acts of creation. There is a dichotomy between maintenance and deterioration with an inevitable, usual, predictable interaction of one to the other.