I am interested in making art that focuses on direct intimate experience. My assemblages and installations pose questions to the viewer about the complex relationships between the natural world and humanity. The art explores our physical and emotional connections to the environment and to the artificial and natural matter we come in contact with on a daily basis. The work relies heavily on the chance encounter to find post consumer waste. These found objects function as both muse and raw matter for the production of art making. Materials as various as lead flashing, yews, sunflowers, plastic zip ties, plexiglass signage, synthetic polymer paint, drapery and vinyl siding are incorporated, reconfigured and assigned new meaning within the context of the art. The work examines the themes of stewardship, fluidity, integration and excess. The notions of transcendence and restitution are explored in the process of finding restorative balance.
Artwork shown in the order in which it appears throughout the program.
Mixed media, linen, on polyester on panel, 24" x 24"
This rainforest painting corresponds to the concert piece, 'Amazonia.' The ghosted bars are symbolic of rainforest habitat in decline, echoed by the visual dropout of paint on the panel's surface.
Mixed media, nautical charts, paper, fiber, canvas on panel, 48” x 48"
Mixed media, synthetic fiber, paper on panel, 36" x 44"
Mixed media, nautical chart, ledger, synthetic fiber on panel, 16' x 32"
Global climate change and the world oceans are inextricably linked. Once viewed as mere space between continents and landforms, the world oceans are no longer considered a limitless wasteland but vital living ecosystems, at risk of being heated and acidified by human actions.
Synthetic polymer paint, fiber, paper, keyboard keys, wire, push pins
120” x 120” x 18”
"No 120" addresses the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a poetic petition. The installation transitions from dense carbon black stripes to hope-filled whitewashed fragments. Part petition and part alchemy, the work echoes the desire to reclaim and repair the atmosphere using repurposed synthetic fabric and keys from computer keyboards.
Mixed media, synthetic fiber, nautical chart on panel, 48" x 48"
Mixed media, silk and synthetic fiber, canvas on panel, 32" x 36"