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I am an artist working with video, sculpture, and photoreal renderings. My work engages with “virtual realism” and the politics of visualization to investigate how speculative activity affects our perception of reality. Encompassing surveillance algorithms that gather predictive data, hindsight evidence deployed in courts of law, and the blurred overlap of photographic and photoreal imagery, my research historicizes systems of control. The problem with imagery today is no longer distinguishing real from fake, but discerning actual events from simulated models. Accordingly, my artworks draw on computer vision, animal camouflage, and documentary practices to revitalize the inhabitation of a surveilled world.