What does it mean to feel connected in the Anthropocene, to the natural world, to other species, to one another? We spend our lives as Homo sapiens wandering a biosphere, an idea we scarcely consider. In my current work, I reimagine my own wanderings as topographies that investigate how the natural world can provide passage and shelter for the queer body, and how both body and place represent an uncanny other.
My practice relies on handmade sculptural objects, photography, and mapping. In all these media, I find that material as a catalyst for recontextualizing my relationship to the natural world has the power to reframe the Earth we think we know. A network of patterns is thrown into sharp relief—evidence of connectedness under a surface of differences intended to set the average man apart.
My work in sculpture evolved from a career in horticulture, and draws from familiar materials that characterize how we use land and space: farming, fishing, hunting, mining, gardening, building. An education in journalism is responsible for my interest in mapping and photography, media that give form to the act of bearing witness.