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Brief Description:

My sculptures and drawings blur the line between artist and geo-engineer. The structures are functional, for example collecting rainwater or storing solar and wind energy, but can also be an acknowledgement that the balance and recovery of nature are beyond humanity’s ability to comprehend. At the core of my art is human’s dilemma that the ecosystem may have passed a tipping point. We must act, and yet there may be unanticipated consequences. I propose that with inner strength, creativity, and a little tinkering, we can confront the problems of our existence in our own back yards.

Artist Statement:

Can artworks spark effective social and ecological change? This is an essential question to ask of Art for the 21st century. The forms that I create are grounded in concrete realities about the earth, humanity, animals, plants, waste and interconnectedness. The path to a sustainable future lies within our shared inner strength and creativity when confronting those realities.

My recent ‘Geo-Robots’ series of sculptures, drawings videos and photographs, look somewhat like medieval machines, and blur the line between artist and geo-engineer. They are sculptures that do something, for example reflecting sunlight, capturing solar energy, embodying the energy of the wind, and collecting water. In their precariousness, they reflect on the fragile relationship between humanity and nature.

I confront serious ecological issues with a sense of humor and play, like a backyard tinkerer. Some structures evoke a sense of leisure, nomadic lifestyle, and Survivalism. I often look to the act of camping as indirect inspiration. It is one of the last cultural rituals asking us to only bring what we need, cultivate our self-reliance, and promote a temporary stewardship of a shared wilderness.

I often invite the viewers as participants and collaborators, to draw on handmade chalkboards, incorporated within my visual cacophony of imagery, and objects. I am interested in chalkboards as they express the transmission of knowledge globally and throughout generations, and as a constantly evolving democratic space. The installation of chalkboards asks the viewers to reflect inwardly and outwardly simultaneously, and celebrates the inner strength and creativity of the participants.

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