I employ motifs of common, agricultural plants and animals, underground roots, spider webs, and vine-like growths of the external and internal bodily world to create hanging landscapes. Past work has focused on our agricultural industry and its effects on health and the environment. It has also explored ideas of visibility and invisibility through use of reflective materials and the shadow.
Contextual concerns and decorative motifs are intermingled in the traditional art forms of paper cuts, collage and stencils. Suspended works’ projected shadows add to a ‘questioning of reality’ and ‘casting of doubt’ on the foreground work. The slow process of cutting visual networks is an action that fulfills a need to unravel a truth within the endless matrix of information that I negotiate in today’s world. The works structural integrity is, at times, reliant on its interconnectivity, if elements disconnect the entire system is in threat of collapse.
Symbiotic relationships, such as the shadow to the object, the balance of nature to man-made, the struggle of opposing positive and negative space in my work’s imagery, create tangential and abstract content. My work has included the agricultural systems’ relationship to the environment as well as the global financial systems and its connection to the environment. I have considered global financial systems as something of untamed wonder, a gaze that was once reserved for the natural world. Nature, now often sited as contained is a constructed binary to a technological world in which many of us inhabit. The world banking system is a landscape of complexity beyond comprehension. It now replaces what nature was once recognized as, a wild frontier. I create vast networked cut paper collage and sculpture that include imagery of flora and banking architecture to question our perceptions of untamed beauty.
I look at historical events and science to absorb present day dilemmas … I don’t offer answers but I attempt loose comparative analysis through imaginative narratives that pull from across times. Presently, I am interested in plants and items that were collected and traded as a form of currency. Trade is what connected all sides of the world. Trade is what links the natural world with the banking world that interlinks economies across the globe. Over 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. They developed different suites of flora & fauna, trade has collided the world back together. I am interested presenting the physical object with the abstract idea.