statement

My work is concerned with the enigmatic relationship humans have with the Earth. I am provoked by the interplay between our concepts of Nature and non-Nature and how and why we separate the two. I create objects that vaguely mimic structures and geometries of the built 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 the ways it is designed to be seen and unseen. My entry points are buoys, navigational markers, sewer grates, HVAC components, non-specific patterns on highway signage, and other access points in our ever-connected, built landscape. Meant to signal a danger, safe passage, or something less tangible, like sea-level rise, my objects are a way of personally negotiating the fate of our climate and biome. At times my sculptures incorporate marks and objects 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.