I am interested in life and death and the potential for immortality through art. Some animals are preserved as trophies, or memorials, while others are swept to the side of the road. As the freeway expands, the wilderness deflates. As society moves faster, distractions grow denser, and the thought of death can be neglected. Humans have made a culture of attempting to overcome nature, and the primal nature within themselves. My work investigates humanity’s curiosity and drive to collect life, or it’s husk, while confronting society’s silence and disregard for “civilization’s” debilitating effect on nature.
Mixed media constructions support the idea of nature’s layers. Similar to an animal’s layers of fur, skin, and bone, fabric is printed and painted, gutted and turned inside out to reveal the most repulsive and intimate spaces and events. Collage allows the work to come together while still maintaining conflict, bringing both harmony and juxtaposition to the surface.
I am a wanderer. I am drawn to the highway, the convenience it provides to civilization, and the taxation it places on nature. It expands and connects culture, while severing nature, and leaving a gash in the earth. Wilderness is left subject to the whims of “progress,” as humanity speeds by in motorcars, stopping for nothing as casualties are strewn across two lanes.
Art shall die slowly and be stuffed- Do not resuscitate