Travis Childers

Like a lot of artists today, I use everyday materials as the starting point for my work. I enjoy the challenge of transforming something commonplace into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material when giving it new meaning. Although the materials I use are ordinary, I think they can make interesting statements about the world around us and human nature. With the new objects I try to invoke a response by playing with scale and repetition, as well as with feelings of repulsion, intimacy and sometimes preciousness.
A lot of my works deals with issues that are serious or topics that I’m concerned about. But in dealing with these issues I prefer a more subtle or humorous approach. Using the types of materials I do with the forms I give them, I want my work to serve as a catalyst to the viewer, to see the day to day activities in their lives in a different way. That’s why, aside from using common everyday materials I also incorporate everyday actions in producing a piece such as stapling or stamping.
I’m also very drawn to the absurdity of things I see around me. The crazy commutes we have to get to where we make money and survival for ourselves, the politics of where we work and how we destroy forested areas to build our homes and then replant trees in our own manicured sense of style. All these show up in the juxtapositions of things in my work: shirts with clear stick pins to mimic porcupine quills for the office worker seeking protective armor from his coworkers, or landscapes on bricks, with the landscapes turning the tables on a building material that usually alters the landscape. My inspiration doesn’t come from the extraordinary but the everyday and the mundane. And in that I find endless amounts of inspiration.