Dustin is from Hebron, Illinois. He went to undergrad at Illinois College where he received his B.A. (2012), earned his M.A. from Eastern Illinois University (2013), and is current working to obtain his M.F.A. at Washington State University (anticipated gr. 2019). Dustin primarily deems himself a painter though he dabbles in various other art forms such as sculpting, woodworking, stained glass, and new media. The creating of art and the art of creating are his two passions. Not to mention teaching; knowledge is only as good as how well it’s passed on. Dustin currently resides in eastern Washington.
What fascinates me about Art is it’s limitless ability to teach in the most unique and unconventional ways. A phrase I regularly use is, “I’m attracted to Art that doesn’t hold my hand.” The Art that I am referring to is the kind that intellectually demands a viewer’s participation. I tap into this facet by creating work that poses questions or leaves room for contemplation as oppose to giving all the answers. The concepts that drive my Art practice all stem from Science and how Scientific Literacy gives one a positioned perspective. Perspective on the life you live, perspective on the people around you, on the cultures we live in, and the politics that govern us. Science gives the perspective, Art gives the creative tools to express it. While we live in a time where factual denial seems to be trending, I see Art and Science as the candle in the dark. The area that I have particular interest is cosmology, specifically time, space, light, and how we as humans perceive them. I view my work as not about making pictures or sculptures, but rather an abstracted depiction of an internal landscape exploring the paradox of our line of knowledge and a moral critique of our earthly perspectives. The cosmos has evolved to the point to become aware of itself, study itself, even create Art about itself. We’re all made of star stuff.
“To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of shit.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Science strives for answers, but art is happy with a good question.”
“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”