My work as a multidisciplinary visual artist arises from an interest in the mark as a record of presence and an index of time. The acts of documenting, collecting, organizing, and re-presenting shape my approach to making. As such, I consider myself less a creator of the new and more an observer of what already exists. I work primarily in installation and a variety of other site-based forms, the materials for which are typically those at-hand such as dust, dirt, roadside debris, or graphite. Likewise, the final form of many pieces is contingent in nature, whether purposefully short-lived or subject to change over time. As the father of three young sons, much of my work the past seven years has been prompted by traces and fragments of domestic life, while more recently, the scope of my work has expanded to include quasi-archeological considerations of the physical fabric and material landscape of my neighborhood and the city of St. Louis.
John Early (b. 1978, Richmond, VA) received an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010, an MA from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2007, and a BA from the University of Virginia in 2000. He is currently a Lecturer in the College of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also serves as the Director of Portfolio Plus, the pre-college program in art and design at the Sam Fox School.