What does it mean to feel connected to nature, climate, evolution, the universe? We wander through these systems relying on familiar notions as guideposts, but we scarcely relate. In my current work, I imagine our wanderings as topographies, representations that explore how surreal that disconnect feels and nudge the boundaries of our existence.
My practice varies from handmade objects to digital images to installations that combine the two. My sculptural work draws from materials that characterize how we use land and space: farming, fishing, hunting, mining, gardening, building, mapping. My photo projects illustrate personal wanderings—I travel to and document systems of sites preserved as “natural.” By tweaking the visual and material tropes I find in this work, I invoke topographies of strange planets and galaxies—and sometimes beings who bear witness to them—recontextualizing “our” world as alien world.
Curiosity drives my process. An education in journalism catalyzed my need to investigate, and investigations of organic form led to work in horticulture. My art practice is as much the result of play as conventional research. I see both as a search for patterns I find through chance and intuition—a metaphor for how we scan the chaotic universe for familiar narratives.