A continuously ascending arc of science innovation allows us to observe the fundamental layers of our universe. And while scientific instrumentation measures every detail of our physical world, it also expands our ideas of what the natural world is philosophically. By examining some technologies that have aided in the history of observation and scientific discovery, I start to make sense of our puzzling relationship with nature. Making case studies of mining industries or infrastructural systems are my way of assessing the physical and conceptual human-made impacts on the planet. My process involves reinventing and abstracting data, imagery, or instrumentation to create new landscapes or objects that might engage conversations about land-use and our shifting understanding of what nature really is. In my viewer’s mind, I may reconfigure geologic time, minimizing intervals between landscape and its inevitable transformation. I enjoy unravelling the landscape to consider it multidimensionally: as a surface, a subsurface, and in cross-section. I am ultimately interested in the overlapping functions/ common denominators of art and science - our two most primary ways of interpreting experience.
Marcellus, Fired shale, 3x 8".