Despite repeated warnings of environmental catastrophe, we rarely discuss the potential outcomes. Will flora and
fauna simply cease to exist, as apocalyptic scenarios imply? Will they eventually rebound in a familiar form? Or, will
we witness some manner of unnatural evolution? There are countless examples of abundant regrowth following
disaster and abandoned constructs of man smothered by fingers of twisting green. My current work considers
humankind’s footprint on the planet, strange ways our detritus could serve as means for survival, and what few
remaining fragments of nature we may come to cherish.
Repurposed artworks and personal ephemera create a philosophical framework for potential variants to traditional
landscape. Common man-made materials, including paper, fabric, and plastic, become proxy for distant cousins –
plant and animal resources over-exploited for our constant need of new. Structures built primarily from discards,
mass-produced components, and suspended elements are the basis of a complex ecosystem forced to use humanity’s
ruins as infrastructure. Small-scale sculptures evoke a sense of reverence, satisfying a desire for alternative spiritual
icons to represent the peculiarities of regeneration. Paintings inspired by systems of organization contemplate
a need to impose order as we reap the bounty of our surroundings.
The aim is to set an example of artistic stewardship, address the delicate balance between construction-destruction,
and discuss the world that we, as current inhabitants, intend to pass forward.