In my work I attempt to represent human encounters with a damaged post-industrial landscape. My paintings and sculptures are grounded in scientific realities about our present-day environment and impending threats to our existence on Earth. My primary concerns are the need to confront climate change, the polluting of our land, resource wars, and the displacement of disenfranchised peoples and whole ecosystems in the name of progress. My work illustrates that, when confronting these realities, the path to a sustainable future lies within our shared inner strength and creativity.
My paintings reflect my conceptual interest in the Anthropocene landscape and geo-engineering (deliberate intervention in the Earth's natural systems to counteract climate change). Some recurring motifs in my work are invented structures that interact with sunlight, wind, and/or rainwater, as well as inhabited nomadic huts, all situated within a barren landscape. Along with portraying these structures, my work tells a narrative of the increasingly violent weather of climate change ,and the technological sublime, to reflect on the dangerously dysfunctional interdependence of man and nature. My paintings also grapple with the relevance of the modern landscape. Using oil on panel and mixed media, I create works that flow freely between authenticity and parody, fetishized forms and flatness, the Romantic sublime and post-apocalypse, invention and destruction.
In the Geo-Robots series I confront serious ecological issues with humor and playfulness. The sculptures, drawings, videos, and photographs in the series feature objects that look somewhat like medieval machines and blur the line between artist, geo-engineer, and backyard tinkerer. Precariously constructed from simple materials, these objects are a meditation on the fragile relationship between humanity and nature. The purpose of these works is to do something useful to promote survival, such as reflecting sunlight, capturing solar and wind energy, and collecting water. They also evoke outdoor leisure activities, a nomadic lifestyle, and survivalism. I often look to the act of camping as indirect inspiration, as it is one of the last cultural rituals asking us to bring only what we need, cultivate our self-reliance, and promote a temporary stewardship of a shared wilderness.