Artist Statement:

 

Although my work has an anthropological focus, each artwork has its own connection to biological forms, whether to the botanical, mycological, animal, protist or prokaryote realms. It is easy to draw metaphors from these biological entities as they associate to our cultural circumstance. The interpolation of the organic forms with objects as they relate to fashion, the environment or social phenomena, speaks to both the atrophy and the development of our society. The use of biomorphic glass components allows for a distortion of reality, as well as the creation of pieces that are both visually stimulating and thought provoking.

 

I’ve struggled to breach the schism between the natural and human worlds for as long as I can remember. It seems that somehow these two worlds should be perceived as one world; a singular organic entity. Through my experience of alienation from the anthropological realm and my frequent disappointment with the results of our collective activities as a species, my identity has become more entwined with consideration for the natural world. While we must pursue more integrated and meaningful relationships between fellow humans, I believe that we must also engage in behaviours which prioritize a respectful existence within our ecosystem. I would hope that as individuals we can change our conduct to address these disassociations by altering the social values which generate hatred, discrimination and disrespect for each other, ourselves and our environment.

 

We are at a point in history where our survival as a species may lie in our ability to live in harmony with the natural world. By internalizing values which are in opposition to the current homocentric archetype, it seems to me that we should be able to address these problems. Each of us is an activist and the practices we choose will determine the health of our relationship with the world.

 

Concern for the environment and social justice inform my practice. Through sculpture and installations, I express how our society could change and suggest the potential for constructive impacts on the environment and human relations. I hope to engage the viewer in a dialogue evoking positive relationships between the ecological paradigm and the human condition.