Artist Statement

As an artist, place is fundamental to my studio practice. Using my own rural community as a starting point, I articulate the complexity and range of the public's relationship with their nearby landscape. I point to the tension between the literal and conceptual values imbued upon a place, our interactions with wild and managed landscapes, and the convergence of ecological integrity and social well-being. I recognize we have a variety of relationships with nature and I consider how those relationships shift and reshape over time as I rethink “progress”. 

My project-based practice moves fluidly between sculpture and photography, allowing my ideas to dictate media, form, and process. I apply formal and conceptual strategies to re-contextualize and re-appropriate quotidian objects and imagery - 2x4s, words, travel trailers, flowers, wallpaper, fencing - to point to particular social values. My work employs subtle embellishments, amalgamations, and alterations that hold meaning, such as nails tipped with gold leaf or exposed velvet through hickory shirts, to encourage connections between form and content.

My work is firmly rooted in my living in the West, specifically Pacific Northwest timber country. These bodies of work are my attempt at making sense of a history from which I was absent as a means of understanding my own present.   
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