Joseph Okpaku says, “We are free only if we are indifferent” and that “Contradiction is the fuel for cultural progress, not a united or legislated uniformity”. From the time that we are born until the time we are able to act independently, an identity is projected upon us. My focus is on the moment when what is projected on one’s self, what is actually true, and the struggle that ensues when the two opposing ideas intersect. Through the manipulation and reconfiguration of my environment, I work to understand the forces that contribute to suburban identity, while exploring my own. I use collage as a metaphor to represent the way contemporary society creates their own perception of themselves. Sequences of images, videos, words, and sounds in my work are a re-presentation of the internal dialog of that process as it occurs.