Altered Nature Series
This series is narrative in style and explores the relationship that exists between the personal and the collective. As members of an individualistic society, there is a discordant co-existence that is present between frameworks of knowledge and reality, the everyday object and our everyday views; the paradoxical issues that we face as members of a fragmented society serve to disconnect and protect from nature and from the self.
Reconstructing Nature Series
Juxtaposing the Canadian landscape and in particularly the Westcoast forest with the urban environment creates a psychological space between these opposing subjects and their pictorial elements. The scaffolding, a synthetically constructed urban structure is painted in the style of hard edge painting that is methodical in process. Contrasted, is loose, animated impressionist brush marks expressing the organic nature a living forest.
The pick-up-sticks in the children’s game, “Jack Straws” are fashioned to resemble different types of tools of trade similar to those seen protruding from the back of city maintenance trucks.
In this maquette, I reconfigured the game pieces into a fence surrounding a branch from a cedar tree. In many cities, fences are often built around trees when a nearby building will be torn down or built. A sign is hung on these fences that reads ‘Protection Zone’. My intention is to one day see this sculpture constructed on a large scale and placed in a public space.
Scrap Heap Series
Discarded products of our consumption that are made from raw materials excavated, cut down, or mined are seen as worthless and useless.There is an existential beauty that exists in the wreckage of debris. Remains of what was once a part of the earth, undergone a skillful process of transformation to serve its purpose, only to then be returned back to the earth. Through this transformative disruption, it is unable to return to its original form, displaced from the cycles of nature it once belonged.
Painting the discarded and disregarded serves to open a dialogue about our neglect on the destructive impact our consumption and disposal of mass goods has on the environment. It is suggested that we as a collective have a shared responsibility to heal, repair, and transform our planet. Perhaps through recognizing the origins of the everyday thing, we can practice respect and acknowledgement of the unifying nature of being.