In my studio, the unconscious arrangement of objects is what drives my work. I draw inspiration from an accumulation of wood by the road, to a cigarette in a tide pool. The destructive remnants of humanity are altered by time, but in my studio, I feel as if I can preserve these moments by composing the scenes in which these objects exist. As a director or curator of these past and present sets, I can arrange universally recognized products and intertwine them with my personal memories to preserve what is forgotten or no longer important. I love the challenge of trying to make things work together, adapt to each other visually and technically – to be purposeful in their substance and in their value and meaning. A cigarette or a crushed beer can may be a discard or the thread that ties two people together. I try to translate these moments that may soon be gone into a material statement that will last forever by highlighting the mundane things that make up our daily lives.
— Andrew Castaneda