Art is my nature. The essence of my existence has aligned art and life into a craft all its own. Art is powerful for me in that it has the ability to heal, to teach insight, and to bring people together; all things I think our current world could use more of.
Much of what I do is experimental. Working among many mediums, my art has a certain materiality endeavor to collaborate with nature in finding sustainable ways to make. I have observed the waste of the world and I don't feel that it is my duty to contribute more things to our landfills, but I also don't necessarily seek to create things with archive in mind. I seek to grow my own materials and to use living art to remind us the beauty of ephemerality, and decay that promotes rebirth. I aim to use materials that are abundant, don't require toxicity for myself or the environment, and that I am able to cultivate or otherwise salvage. The concept of give and receive is a common theme among my work. I always want to develop a deeper relationship to my work with a hand in each aspect of the process that goes into it; thus connecting myself and my work to the body, nature, or personal connections as opposed to corporate culture. My hope is that this relationship also deepens the experience of the viewer. Experimenting with materials usually through growing or foraging, in my recent practice I have explored the use of natural inks, dyes, clays, scoby, mushrooms, human hair, menstrual blood, bamboo and more.
The art of living is something I contemplate daily. With my work I want to address the alternative ways we might choose to live with connection to our selves and that which truly nourishes our livelihood--be it our food, shelter, and community. How can we live symbiotically with our environment in a mutualistic way? I'm not afraid of making functional art and I dream of a world where clean energy exists as aesthetic. An artistic experience is absorbed through every sense of the body, just as is life. If every aspect of life becomes an artistic experience, a culture is formed. Through my art, I aim to preserve a connection to Mother Earth through a holistic way of living and sustaining in love and appreciation.