A trained artist and furniture maker, Preus straddles the line between sculptor, painter, and craftsperson. Preus’s practice focuses on materials, appropriation, ethical norms, and the clash of cultures. His work reconstitutes materials salvaged from sites such as recently demolished Chicago public schools. Preus believes in the power of collaboration and questions traditional notions of authorship. He expresses his skepticism for the author by selecting apprentices who have a relationship to the salvaged materials, thus making each sculpture a collaborative process with a lesson from the craftsman to the apprentice as its catalyst.