I think of my work as a species of activism. It is my way of processing and venting my frustrations about American politics and mass media as our culture descends into the deafening chatter of reality television, celebrity icons, and junk food politics. I seek to report on the gulf between our unrealistic perception of ourselves and the realities of social injustice, war, and economic collapse – and the role that mass media plays in widening this gap. As mass media turns our politics into entertainment, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish reality from fiction. Years of experience as an actor and my lifelong interest in politics feed my work as a visual artist. In my work, I create scenes, using photographic portraiture, often self-portraiture, to elicit the idea of news as spectacle. Drawing on historical materials, I synthesize the real and the imagined to encourage new insight.