Artist Statement

The forest is teeming with activity: fungi transform dead logs into nutrients, roots entangle themselves with the earth, and strong winds break resilient boughs. Like the forest, the human body functions according to a complex system of agents -  from the micro bacteria in the gut to the pores of the skin. The built world has often been rendered in opposition to these organic processes. As a vessel through which the world is experienced, the body is an intermediary between the natural world and the human-made. As a body living in the Anthropocene, I question the relationship between human production and the well-being of the biosphere. Is there an ecological benefit to acknowledging the agency of non-human forces and dissolving the binary between humans and nature?

My work integrates ambiguous forms of both the natural world and the body through assemblages of found and fabricated objects. I notice the animating effects of natural phenomena when working intimately with materials such as glass, plaster, and metal. The boundary between what is alive and what is inanimate is interrupted when raw matter is exposed to the physics of time, temperature, and gravity. Wanderings through a variety of environments serve as studio research as I study the relationship between people and landscape. Through tactile investigations, my work explores the more-than-human forces in the contemporary world and the phenomena that work to animate them. Through making, I hope to unearth a way to be enchanted on a damaged planet.