Artist Statement Submitted 2016
My work has a strong environmental focus. I make objects, or images of objects, that are appealing in a visceral way. The objects are drawn from biology – they are clearly life forms, often microscopic forms made large. Are the forms harmful, or benevolent? So much depends on context – processes can make systems whole again, or foul them up. Science hopes to cure diseases by diverting biological pathways to new uses, but without causing new epidemics. Americans hope to continue to use power sources lavishly without crashing the system. Decisions have consequences; the objects I make (or draw) live in contexts that may or may not nourish them – or us. Sometimes I make objects out of clay, sometimes there are drawn or painted images on flat surfaces, and sometimes there is an interaction of the two.
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