Brian James Spies

Artist Statement

My work explores the nature of identity, as it relates to our conception of reality. I use a variety of mediums, with a focus on editioned media (photography & printmaking), to critique the way that we use language to reinforce social hierarchies. Specifically, I'm interested in how language informs and directs our conceptions of identity both individually and collectively and how these constructions can become suffocating and oppressive. By utilizing techniques and practices associated with editions the work exposes how we use these structures to manipulate people by creating and maintaining artificial constructs that reinforce a sense of identity rooted in division and separation.