ARTIST STATEMENT

Humankind has deemed itself superior to nature; we claim to exist above and around nature rather than within it. This construct is reinforced by a false entitlement based upon our abilities to outmaneuver and recreate anything natural. It is through my interest in and questioning of these issues that I create sculptures and installations to examine the pressure we displace upon nature and the common distractions that allow us to continue. Through my work I try to portray the constraints in which we hold the natural world. I manipulate raw natural materials such as dirt, pine needles, mulch, and straw to recreate elements from human made architecture such as bricks. The inherent meaning and origin behind the matter is important to me. I then stack, lean, or build simple minimalistic forms to limit focus to materiality. The incorporation of other human made materials is frequent to create a visual dichotomy between the natural and made. In other works, these forms act as a foil for colorful and ridiculously out of context consumer items that stand in for commonly welcomed distractions. The society in which we are born, developed over time by our predecessors and currently developing, influences our experience and structure of our lives. Prescribed ways of thinking and living are suggested through media and consumerism. Often, children’s toys are used which I personify in the context of a specific construct. As toys are a mean for children to learn and understand the world around them, I utilize sculpture as a form to understand the way of the world around me. Conflicts of social constructionism and personal experience motivate these works. I embrace materials that create seams, the imperfect and the out of place, to recreate the contextual gaps and lack of common sense that describes our relationship with nature. I ask my audience to engage in dialogue about materials that are suggestive and referential while bringing light to subject matter that is personal.