Violette’s work ranges from haunting yet exquisitely rendered graphite drawings to sculptural installations composed of cast salt, light, and sound. Throughout his practice, he plumbs the simultaneous degradation and accretion of meaning through the process of mythology, often embodied in forms strongly associated with sub-cultural communities, personal memorials, or historical obscurities. The black and white spectacle of his stark compositions belies the uneasy and fraught allusions of appropriated images and forms reconstructed as vessels of oblivion.
Banks Violette is known for conjoining the materials and forms of Minimal and Conceptual Art with signifiers of sub-cultural communities. His work demonstrates a continued exploration of the residues left by social rupture when venerated canonical imagery is sacrificed for the sake of the new.