Derrick Adams explores the sense of self as it relates to humankind in contemporary society with collage, painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, and immersive installations. His work is grounded in a philosophy of deconstructivism and considers the human predisposition to build associations between objects, colors, patterns, symbols, and ideas. His use of a vibrant palette and a known visual lexicon–often pulled from recognized iconography in American culture–is striking and specific. Drawing upon these involuntary associations, Adams aims to explore and dissect how image, and self-conception, is established.