statement

My work is concerned with the enigmatic relationship humans have with the Earth. The interplay between shifting concepts of Nature and non-Nature – and how and why we separate the two – compel my practice. In order to dig into this, I create objects that vaguely mimic structures and geometries of the build environment – the patterns of altered landscapes and the pathways of human movement over the Earth’s surface. I am influenced by the visual language and the aesthetics of infrastructure, particularly in how it is designed to be seen and unseen. My recreations are blurred buoys, navigational markers, sewer grates, non-specific patterns on highway signage, and other access points of our ever-connected, built landscape. Meant to signal a danger, safe passage, or something less tangible, like sea-level rise, my objects, futile or not, are a way of personally negotiating the fate of our climate and biome. I often incorporate marks and artifacts that have aided in the pursuit of scientific exploration, mineral exploitation, and technological innovation. I am ultimately interested in the overlapping functions/common denominators of art and science – two primary ways of interpreting experience.

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Marcellus (fired shale), ink jet print, dimensions variable.