2018 Artist Statement
:"The moral and social ethics involved when sourcing animal parts or materials for art objects is an integral part of my creative process. The Anthropocene, along with contemporary infrastructure do not allow for individuals to live free from the exploitation of natural resources. Plants bleed, animals weep, and humans consume while concerns for wildlife are overshadowed by personal comfort. Select species lives are federally protected and valued, others are regarded as a "nuisance" and targeted, but there is no substitute for the natural. By engaging with castoff materials I find conflict within the value of a life, use mixed media to explore these conflicting feelings and preserve the beauty of discarded nature. "
What other people find mundane or ordinary , captivates my attention and drives me to start something new. Found objects such as animal bones, bird feathers, insects, or seed pods eventually find their way into an assemblage. Upon discovering new materials my mind starts going through its usual process of listing what can be altered or transformed ; are they related or can they be linked by a common idea?
I am drawn to glass and its properties of containment and transparency. By placing a clipping of my hair inside a glass container (such as a test tube, bell jar, or bulb ) the object instantly takes on a new quality of exhibition. It becomes a treasure, much like a specimen preserved in formaldehyde . The glass protects its contents but also imprisons them in time. Museums and their collection departments put the most valuable objects behind glass; they categorize, preserve, and display its contents. I think of making art that way; a progression of my objects and how I choose to display them.
I am intrigued by the human instinct of feeling repulsed but yet drawn to gruesome objects. Unconsciously, humans recoil from objects that they view as repulsive and struggle to overcome the discomfort of the offending subject. Often these items occur in natural decomposition and death, this is where my inspiration stems from. Displaying bacteria growth or a decomposing archaeopteryx in glass raises its value and invites inquiry.