Justin is an artist and art historian born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado. He holds a BA in sculpture and graphic design from Gordon College and an MA in modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism from Azusa Pacific University. His interest in twentieth-century modernism—particularly Surrealism, the Bauhaus school, and Abstract Expressionism—informs both his scholarship and the creation of his own artwork. Most notably, Justin was one of over 30 artists to work on Natura Obscura, an immersive installation at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Colorado, and he was a Young-Artist-in-Residence at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. His scholarship has been featured in MDPI’s Arts journal and used to create public programming at Historic New England’s Gropius House. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He now lives with his wife in Massachusetts.
My artwork depends on the moment of encounter. In ceramic sculpture, Polaroid photographs, and other mediums, I create otherworldly objects that pull the viewer out of the mundane. When we round the corner and are confronted with an object, a creature, or an environment which we have not seen before, we walk the line between our inner and our outer worlds. We look at what is in front of us while delving into our memories, trying to find connections that make sense of this new entity. These surreal experiences integrate daily life with both our memories and our imaginations, making us more aware of what we dream, what we remember, and what we see.
“I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a state of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.”