Artist Statement

 

As an artist my work encompasses a variety of ideas and processes that emerge from contemplations on nature and natural phenomenon. I am interested in the conceptual associations between nature and culture, time and place and the cosmos and us. Artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, Richard Long and David Nash have influenced my practice as well as many Indigenous cultures from around the world. My practice may involve working in a variety of processes such as installation, sculpture and printmaking, creating a site-specific intervention or any medium to realize an idea.

 

Many of my gallery installations utilize materials that are gleaned from the landscape and evolve from contemplations on nature. Whether I utilize vegetation to create ephemeral assemblages in the landscape, create sculptures from wood, or woodcut prints from trees, I seek to create opportunities that allow us to look at the natural world in new and altered ways. I try to focus as much on the interdependency of various elements and on the surrounding space as on the materials themselves.

 

There is something profound and primordial about connecting with nature, we seem to connect to something beyond ourselves. I think art is a way for culture to express the profound mysteries of life and our present relationship to the world. As an artist I feel I have a role in creating work that brings about a renewed interest in nature, to better understand nature, to learn from nature, and to form a deeper connection and appreciation of nature through various forms of expression.