The series entitled, I'm a Piece of Garbage, involves rescuing discarded items from the street and painting self deprecating phrases on them. With these phrases Dirty Bandits touches on deep insecurity and a struggle to maintain a sense of self worth. Starting with items from the trash and using humorous text and sign painting, a very traditional medium, it turns them into art. It is a series about salvage in a literal, art historical and emotional sense.
This series was shown at 111 Minna Gallery in August 2016 and at Schick Gallery in October 2022.