⇓ My work seeks to interrogate our relationship to nature through abstraction.
What happens when we translate the natural, creative impulse encoded within each flower, fruit, and seed through a canvas, a camera, or a screen? How does it shift our understanding of the thing itself and therefore our relationship to it and to nature at large?
To capture a natural event is to change it, to make a symbol of the original element; a more narrowly defined facsimile that we find more immediately understandable but which is by no means the thing that it represents.
My work uses digital and physical abstraction to defamiliarize the natural world in hope of creating a new, more questioning and cautious view of it. We have become inured to the variety, peculiarity, and beauty of our natural environment in the age of the photograph, the grocery store waxed apple, and the florist's bouquet. My hope is to restore wonder and reverence in the face of nature's changing beauty.