This statement is a work in progress. Thank you in advance for your patience.

I invent social and physical systems that produce art about things that are not immediately apparent or visible. I usually start by looking at what makes sense and play around with it until it does not. Inverting conventions is often my go-to starting point. If I laugh or smile and can't immediately figure out what's so funny, I keep going — making this text white on a white background made me laugh.

Usually, at the beginning of the process, I have no idea why something like an invisible artist statement would be compelling. Well, that's not true, there is a metaphorical meaning to be found, but that's an apparent meaning. Words tend to do that: make things visible (and limited). I'm not so interested in that, so I try to think through other modes. Have you ever tried to think without words? Try it now; I'll wait.

It's hard 'eh? What form did your thoughts take? Could you express it without words? How? 

For me, when I'm thinking without words, it's usually with my body, with other people, and with a material. I guess this is why I say I invent social and physical systems rather than work conceptually. Concepts are tied to words and words are not my primary medium. The evidence of my thoughts primarily exists through physical and social means: drawing, sculpting, photography, and video. All of this evidence is produced by performing roles, providing services, and doing favors. All of these roles, services, and favors start off making sense then verge towards the non-verbal, phenomenological and impractical. Often things become ridiculous, and (some would say) needlessly complicated. But I wouldn't say that. The ridiculously complicated IS needed. While things might get convoluted and absurdly illogical, looking deeply or aesthetically at the nonsensical with patience and wordless thought (some would call this spacing out) is how I have gained invaluable insights in the past.  

In the real world when things get unwieldy and chaotic: confusion, accidents, and misunderstandings can happen. In the world that I make, there is no need to worry; no one is going to get hurt. Unlike some leaders in politics and culture who employ similar tactics of confusion: I don't wield much power, and by design neither does my art. As far as I know, no one has been or could be harmed by thinking about, participating in, my art. I wish I could say the same for the leaders mentioned above inside and outside of the arts, but that's another story; one of power, privilege, propaganda, and the real world misfortunes, injustices, and inequalities of a world that we are told: "make sense." 

If my folly appears to provide no point, and it's difficult to see through the illogical, ridiculous, and absurd: one highlight of it all is: you're not alone. Take comfort in the fact that you can recognize nonsense. My practice of making nonsense has helped me realize that the only thing that prevents anything from being nonsense is that it serves someone, some group, or some system where power is at stake. Becoming slightly more aware of how this invisible power structure impacts my perception of the world is one of the rewards for making what I make. The other reward is figuring out constructive ways to resist these imbalances of power in pleasurable ways.

Speaking of rewards, I have a big ask: Do me a favor and hold onto nonsense until a hidden intention, new meaning or once invisible connection is visible. That said, sometimes I just let go of nonsense because my arms are tired. You should feel free to do that too. In my case, when I retire my arms, I usually have a good laugh and occasionally, albeit less regularly: get a good laugh. 

Right now, as I write this, I'm having a hard time getting a handle on precisely what the significance of this particular letting go and taking is, but when I grasp it, I'll be sure to throw it your way. If you catch on before me, I hope you would do the same. 

To wrap this statement up into a concise package: the aim of my work is to playfully highlight parts of the intersecting social and physical structure of our world that is invisible at first glance but is revealed when we investigate and figure out the absurd qrks inherent in the weird way it wrks.

 What you do with that knowledge is none of my business. Hopefully, it's not a business at all, but the beginning of a paradigm shift towards true equity and equality for all

If you have any ideas of how I can wip this stmnt into shape, please don't hesitate to contact me at berensmichael@gmail.com

Like everyone else: I want to C Victory. I just want to walk this path in a way where no one feels the agony of da feet. Because, after all, they are not my feets alone. :)