I make work concerning the lived experience of economic hardship. I use everyday materials tinged with financial distress and evocative of unsuitable labor conditions to demonstrate ways in which global, interdependent, capitalist economies invoke subtle trauma on working lower-middle-class people. We live in a world that is constantly in the wake of a crisis, be it financial, environmental, or medical. In response, I believe art is in need of recourse, with a radical repositioning of stereotypical value signifiers. It is pertinent to utilize materials that are humanized—materials that, through their foregrounding of vernacular interpretations, have resonance. Objects have the ability to recollect crises in their indelible marks, manufacturing origins, private ownership, and life encounters. Stained mechanics rags, melted Tupperware lids, Detroit-mined rock salt, and my own plasma are examples of metonymic materials that I reposition as principal elements in our classed visual language. With a Midwestern slant, I aim to intersect complex, yet economically interwoven cultural narratives of urban, suburban, and rural America. By re-contextualizing approachable symbols, I both assert and empathize with the physical impact of labor conditions on working-class people, the ethos and ingenuity of blue-collar communities, and a larger social necessity for rebuilding class consciousness—a formidable task but one that I believe, through art, can be done.