"My work explores
ideas of misperceptions and misrepresentations of nature. Natural rock formations known as geodes can
be artificially colored using
man-made methods. This results in the perversion of the original colors that are found in natural formations.
The dyed geodes display a
falsification of nature. Tchotchke markets exploit indigenous societies, stealing, altering, and in
return, profiting from their culture
through souvenirs sales. These mementos
have no cultural value, other than being a product of consumer driven economy. The misrepresentations add
to the destruction of cultural
traditions. I have chosen to work on paper because I view its physical properties [as] temporal, and [its] fragility as
appropriately related to the relationship between nature and indigenous cultures."
Steven uses gouache, spray paint, acrylic air brush paint, cut collage and host of other mediums in his work. He lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.