My current body of work and imagery evolves from an exploration of personal, collective and empathetic anxieties. In my drawings, ambiguous human and botanical biological systems combine to inform fictionalized observed living subjects. Imagined specimens, I simultaneously examine them through an empirical lens as I construct them. As they emerge I am aware that the lived experience in my body is vast and enigmatic. In the face of what seems inevitable extinction they harness resistance and thrive in the era of the Anthropocene.
The landscapes or habitats in my print compositions recollect pathos and elation. Inside my body is an impossible space that opens beyond its scale and in these expanding dimensions, anxiety, potential and agency is held. I invite an interplay of resilience, play and pain in these specimens – triumphant adaptations and self-sufficient, sometimes toxic, systems.
The specimens posit the notion that strength, pain, humor, toxicity and transformation can prosper even as we humans observe a constant stream of violence, environmental disaster and species extinction. I often wonder how we process the influx of our daily and global realities and where in the body we absorb these truths. The process of making these drawings channels my anxiety as the intricate line work engages my need for repetition and addresses my desire for the transformation of pain through imagined forms. Additionally, I imagine the growth potential for psychosomatic scar tissue within these psychological and biological systems.
I have long appreciated the structural relationships between botanical, geological, biological and even conceptual patterns; the way streams and rivers branch off like veins and capillaries, tree limbs, root systems and cracks in mud; how thought processes build and flow charts organize - how we navigate through multiple windows of the internet and time migrates.
My work often addresses recurring themes that interact with personal politics of consumption, internalization, and anxiety. I am especially curious about the symbiotic and multi-scale relationship between the external and internal; consuming and being consumed. The practice of consuming indicates a need to exert control, which, paradoxically, seems to slip away when we act as consumers intentionally and circumstantially.